Creative Writing: Getting To Know Your Own Mind with Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Shambhala Center of Philadelphia
2030 Sansom Street
Phila. PA 19103

(A small seven week course, capped at twelve people, with four traditional meetings and three online “meetings,” including an online-only option for as many as six people)

Onsite meetings Sun. evenings 6-8 PM: May 12, 26 and June 9 & 23.
Online “meetings” May 19, June 2 & 16 (posting & responding deadlines)

Price: $150.00 Regular
Discounts available for students, senior citizens, single parents, adjunct professors, and other educators.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
In this multi-genre workshop, we will start with writing exercises that connect more with one’s spontaneous and natural voice. Get writing more as a disciplined practice with exercises that show how our writings can become a kind of a mirror of our minds. Poetry, prose, and script writers are all welcome.

Writings can be shared in person and/or online so that people can solicit responses from each other and give encouragement and constructive insights to each other. We can also see that others have the same struggles, successes and failures that we do, which is in itself helpful.

Advanced participants may request help with works-in-progress or writing projects that they have had on their minds for years. Others may just want to explore new ways of writing and finding inspiration. Some may want to use these exercises as a way of letting go of old patterns of thinking that no longer serve a useful purpose.

For those with a current meditation practice, writing can be valuable because the preoccupations that arise in meditation are the same things that arise in writing freely. So we can really get to know our own minds, with all their shining pitfalls and blundering brilliance, which makes greater understanding of oneself possible. We can also learn what we truly care about and practice having the courage to actually say whatever that is. We can also learn more about the stories that we tell ourselves (about ourselves or others). This is a very supportive class to regenerate, recover or resuscitate one’s creative energies.

Jeffrey Ethan Lee has taught creative writing at University of Northern Colorado, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Franklin & Marshall, Beaver College, and many community arts centers. He has a Ph.D. and an MFA from NYU.

JELeeJeffrey Ethan Lee’s towards euphoria (2012) co-winner of the editor’s prize from Seven Kitchens Press, is the prequel to invisible sister (2004), his poetry book which was praised in American Book Review etc. His dramatic poetry book, identity papers, a 2006 Colorado Book Award finalist, was also a Drimala Records CD, identity papers (2002). He won the Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook prize for The Sylf (2003), published Strangers in a Homeland (Ashland Poetry Press chapbook, 2001), and hundreds of poems, stories and essays in North American Review, Xconnect, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Many Mountains Moving, American Poetry Review,
Washington Square. He has a Ph.D. and an MFA from NYU.

To register, please use this link below:
http://philadelphia.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=136322&cid=210
If you want the “online only” participation, please indicate that in the notes section of the registration form.

For more information, you can write to: jeffreyethan@att.net

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