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Sat, Jun 15



A Banquet of Transformative Language Arts

Join us for a replenishing afternoon featuring a delicious menu of Transformative Language Arts in poetry, memoir, stories, and song -- including three mini writing workshops, a concert, a recitation, and a packet of writing prompts and recipes

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A Banquet of Transformative Language Arts
A Banquet of Transformative Language Arts

Time & Location

Jun 15, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


About the event

Your Menu

Welcome and Be Our Guest with your host, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Amuse Bouche—A Taste of Poetry Aloud with Eric McHenry: Enjoy poetry memorized and recited by Eric McHenry, former Kansas Poet Laureate, and reconnect with the wonder of learning and taking into your memory poems you love.

Appetizers—Measured in Moments: A Taste of Micro-Memoir with Elizabeth Chelsa: Micro-memoir invites you to tell a compelling personal story in under 300 words by focusing on a moment or memory that has shaped you. This taster course will briefly define the micro-memoir genre, share strategies for capturing snapshots in powerful prose, and provide a smorgasbord of prompts for crafting your own micros.

Soup & Salad—Mindful Writing for Conscious Embodiment with Marianela Medrano: Mindful Writing (MW) creates a bridge to healing the self. It facilitates the process of writing from and with the body, bringing attention from the neck down. Mindful Writing is an invitation to write in a less cerebral, intellectualized way, softening to the whispers of a body with the wisdom to guide us to conscious awareness. In Mindful Writing, we observe our behaviors and the cultural, political, and emotional/psychological structures we create. We watch our language and find the etiology of our attachments, beliefs, and views. With our Writing, we shine a light on the perspectives we hold and strive to see our shared humanity thru the lens of love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

Entree—Rewriting Your Future with Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Medical and psychological healing is easier when we can imagine where we want to go. People tend to wrestle over how to improve without clear images of the destination. We will explore techniques for creating images of healthy futures and then exploring how that future can draw us toward it. Is it possible that Coyote is right -- the future creates the past?

Dessert—If Music Be the Food of Love: Savor the music of Joy Zimmerman in a short concert: Sit back and savor the original songs of Joy Zimmerman with just the right balance of savory and sweet.

Closing—Hugging Goodbye: Bid your new friends adieu and we’ll send a doggie bag of handouts with you, including special recipes (yes, for real food) by famous writers.

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