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SIT, WALK, WRITE

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SIT, WALK, WRITE

SIT, WALK, WRITE

At its foundation, writing is a deep observation of the world. An author captures the smell in the air at the change of seasons, or the idiosyncrasies of a character's mind. The words ring true, and the images glow bright in your memory.

When combined together, writing, slow walking, and meditation serve as a virtuous feedback loop. Each practice calls forth an awakening to the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, textures, and thoughts running through the moment. An image you receive during slow walking ends up in a poem you write later that day. Insight gleaned during a sitting meditation becomes fodder for your memoir.

This spring, spend a morning with teacher Sarah Sennott Cyr learning foundational tools to cultivate a mindful writing practice. All experience levels welcome. This workshop will include timed writings, sitting meditation, and slow walking. Bring fast writing pens and notebooks.

"Writing is a path to meet ourselves." - Natalie Goldberg

May 4, 9:30-12:30

Hawthorn Healing Arts, 39 NW Louisiana Ave, Bend, OR

$50

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Writing Down the Bones

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Writing Down the Bones

Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones cracked open how the craft of writing was taught in our country. Each week we’ll study this classic text together, then apply the wisdom we glean to timed writing sessions.

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Writing with Prompts

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Writing with Prompts

Writing with Prompts:
Crafting Stories through the Side Door

Prompts encourage you to approach big topics in your writing - love, death, family, addiction, health - through "the side door." The resulting stories read fresh and wildly creative.

This fall join a 8-week writing group with local writer Sarah Cyr and learn the practice of writing with prompts. Each week you’ll find community and support through facilitated discussion and small group writing. Prompts given will encourage memoir/creative non-fiction writing.

“When I signed up for Sarah’s class, I had little motivation to be creative in my personal time and seemingly no time to write. I’ve now found a way to access my creativity again with an active writing practice. Sarah makes her students feel capable and connected to a larger community of writers." - Shelby

"Sarah's authenticity and commitment to this particular writing process remain with me as a beacon of hope in the messy, muddy process of birthing my own voice." - Chelsea

8 Monday Evenings
September 24-November 12
6:30-8:00 PM
Hawthorne Healing Arts, 39 NW Louisiana Drive (next to Troy Field in downtown Bend)
$185
***In honor of its 15th anniversary, 15% of the proceeds from this writing group will be donated to BendFilm.*** 

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Writing with Prompts

8 week writing group beginning September 24, 2018.

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Spring Series

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Spring Series

Three Saturdays this spring from 1-4 PM at Hawthorn Healing Arts Center. Register for one, two or all three workshops. We’ll practice timed freewriting in response to prompts in each workshop, a style inspired by Natalie Goldberg.

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Cultivating a Writing Practice

Cultivating a Writing Practice

Do you have a yearning to write but don't know where to start? Or maybe you already write but have trouble sticking with it? This workshop will help you gain the necessary tools to cultivate a consistent writing practice in your life.

Memoir Writing

Memoir Writing

This fall, find inspiration and structure in a class devoted to the practice of writing memoir.

April Writing Intensive

April Writing Intensive

Join fellow writers in Central Oregon - new and seasoned - in a 30 day writing challenge. The ground will be warming up, and so will your writing muscles.