Mindfulness & Writing: A Two-Week Online Workshop with James Crews
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In this online writing workshop, we'll examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. Using quotes and other written works as prompts, we will complete several exercises each week that invite us to pay closer attention to ourselves, our lives, and the world around us as we do our best to define the term, "mindfulness," and what it means for each of us. The instructor will provide weekly modules, including optional videos and additional readings, and he will be available for a phone consultation with each student at the end of the course about the body of work they have produced. Though not required, attendees will be invited to share their work via discussion boards and/or email. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness, meditation or online courses; all you need is a reliable internet connection and an open mind. Email James Crews with any questions: email@example.com.
James Crews' work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize, 2011) and Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2016), and is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of LGBTQ environmental poetry, Queer Nature. He lives on an organic farm in Shaftsbury with his husband and teaches at Southern Vermont College and Community College of Vermont.