In this generative writing workshop, we'll examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. Using poems and other written works as prompts, we will complete several exercises 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 that means for each of us. Though not required, attendees will be invited to share their work via email with each other. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness or meditation; all you need is an open mind. Email James with any questions you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"James has the rare ability to create a non-threatening environment for delving into the depths of our beings and to express this journey in writing. His gentleness when writers open their hearts to others on private topics is coupled with a finely tuned ability to channel that openness into expression. Under his guidance, a group of writers becomes a community that supports and enriches each other. This is quite a remarkable ability when set against so many writing courses that focus solely on individuals producing an end product."
--Ray Hudson, author of Moments Rightly Placed and Ivory and Paper
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 editor of the anthology, Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection (Green Writers Press, 2019). He lives on an organic farm in Shaftsbury with his husband and teaches Creative Writing at SUNY-Albany.