The pandemic of 2020 has changed our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Not only are we forbidden to do many of the things we used to do: travel, dine in restaurants, hug our friends and elders, go to the movies, etc. We are also inclined to do things differently: wear face coverings in public, buy groceries on Instacart, run errands on Amazon, take classes and host get-togethers on Zoom. Yet the coronavirus has given us some unexpected gifts: silence, stillness, and birdsong. It’s as if, overnight, we have been given a crash course in mindfulness.
Like all life-changing events, the pandemic is a time of story making. Join author Lisa Garrigues for a workshop that promises to ease your heart, spark your imagination, and jumpstart your pen. Through playful warm-ups, “remember whens,” evocative free-writes, and simple mindfulness practices, we will reclaim the everyday things we used to take for granted, and we will honor life as it is now. We will use published essays, poems, songs, and art as inspiration, voluntary read alouds in small breakouts, and a final all-class reading. Our goal is to cultivate the practice of daily writing for self-discovery and self-expression, and to share our collective stories to heal ourselves and one another.
Open to writers of every age and stage. Beginning writers are welcome.
This class will occur live in the Zoom virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your registration confirmation email, following registration.