Art Journaling

CLASS ID: 3Y802
Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
Transform a plain lined journal into a work of art to hold your thoughts, hopes and dreams. Learn some easy ways that will have you looking forward to writing in your journal. We will use collage materials, colored pens and pencils to:
• Make a vision board cover
• Sprinkle inspirational pictures and words throughout the pages
• Use punches to zoom in on motivational images
• Learn some doodles and dangles to enhance the pages
• Make Washi Tape doors and windows
Come ready to create!

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Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

CLASS ID: 3Y801
Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Am Now Writer: Public Reading

CLASS ID: 2Y101
Date/Time: Monday, February 4, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen to Special Guest Rob Thomas. Rob is of Dakota ancestry and has written a play about the Dakota/US War of 1862.

“Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your vocation or avocation, it is our hope that this public reading inspires you to claim this title for yourself. When registering for this event please indicate whether you would like to read or attend in as audience. Prior approval is required to read.

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Writing Roundtable

CLASS ID: 1Y802
Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, January 22, February 26 & March 26, 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 400 words to read. Readers will have approximately 3-7 minutes to read their material. Please notify the office when registering if you plan on reading. Bringing work is optional.

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