Writing Roundtable

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and/or share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 500 words to read. Bringing work is optional.

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Hildegard of Bingen: A Medieval Woman Who Inspires Creativity

Date/Time: Monday, September 17, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Sue Swanson
Join us on September 17th to celebrate Hildegard’s birthday. We will be discussing her music, beautiful mandala artwork and her use of holistic healing. Hildegard was born on September 17, 1098 and lived to the old age of 81. She was a mystic, author, composer, artist, healer and preacher. We will be screening “The Unruly Mystic,” a 65-minute documentary by Michael Conti, who is a filmmaker from Boulder, Colorado. He considers Hildegard to be the patron saint of creativity. Sue will be showing pictures from her trip to Bingen, Germany and Hildegard’s monastery at Rödesheim on the Rhine River. Find out why so many find her fascinating!

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On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson – William Souder Lecture

Date/Time: Thursday, November 8, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

William Souder
Award-winning author William Souder will present his book On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson’s romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of Carson’s death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century. A New York Times Notable Book of 2012.

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Mindfulness and Writing

Date/Time: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D.
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images and emotions. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice along with a careful observation of ourselves in and as nature, attending to nature, reacting to nature with awareness or aversion, grasping or indifference. Participants will receive instruction in mindfulness practice and in writing practices, with quiet time for practicing each. If participants choose, the workshop can be used to launch a short piece of writing that articulates their experience of being in/as nature. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle to class.

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