The business of stories is waking up. ~ Dr. Martin Shaw
We are living in a time of unprecedented change when the stories we have assumed to be true about identity, what has value and whose story matters are undergoing radical revision.
Our words matter. The stories we tell ourselves and each other matter. And each of us has a role to play shaping the evolving narrative of our times.
But to do so we need to find wisdom in unexpected places and learn to see what has previously been unseen.
Our own visionary knowing and mythic imagination offer volumes of understanding in a flash of insight, though it may be difficult to describe. We are left to discern dream-like symbols, savor newfound awareness and wonder at these leaps in consciousness.
So when it comes to the liminal and the literary, how do we make sense of these mysterious moments? And how do we translate the ineffable into writing?
Join award-winning author Kristin Kaye to explore liminality in our lives and on the page.
Literature that includes so-called ‘fantastic’ experience tends to fall into a range of fiction sub-genres, from Sci-Fi and Fantasy on one end to Magical Realism on the other. Where Sci-Fi and Fantasy create entirely new worlds, Magical Realism is largely based in the mundane with elements that blur the lines of reality.
But are the elements ‘magical?’ Or are they ‘real? The answer is different depending on culturally accepted definitions of what constitutes ‘reality.’ As a writer this becomes an interesting question when considering how to write varieties of experience.
This writing workshop offers:
- meditation to quiet the mind to see old stories with new eyes
- tools and practices to explore liminality
- writing time with simple exercises to get the flow going
- reading your pages if you are so inspired
- frameworks for translating hard-to-express experiences into powerful scenes and stories
Writers of all ages and skill levels welcome. The only prerequisite is curiosity and a desire to share your insights and stories with others.
ABOUT YOUR HOST: Kristin Kaye holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an award-winning author, ghostwriter and book coach. Books include her novel TREE DREAMS (Winner 2018 Int'l Book Awards, 'A superbly written tale filled with realistic, engaging and quirky characters.' ~ Kirkus Reviews) and her memoir IRON MAIDENS: The Celebration of the Most Awesome Female Muscle in the World (Finalist 2006 Oregon Book Awards, One of 5 Books for Women Who Resist Easy Definition ~ Utne). Kristin has taught workshops at schools, colleges and environmental organizations across the US. She is a meditation teacher and her own decade-long practice of Tibetan Buddhism informs her creative process. Learn more at kristinkaye.com.
VISIONARY KNOWING & MYTHIC IMAGINATION is a sample of Kristin's popular online course, LITERARY ALCHEMY: A 6-Month Book Writing Course to Find Your Gold and Write Your Essential Story. Writers and everyday seekers enter the crucible in a community of other Alchemists interested in forging their essential story, their lives and their book.
A new class begins January 13. Register now. For other sample workshops and Alchemy courses explore Kristin's Courses and Coaching site.
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