embodied writing

If you are interested in hosting an Embodied Writing workshop, or would like one-on-one embodied coaching for a writing project, please contact me at afrosefatimaahmed[at]gmail.com.

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Upcoming Dancing on the Page Workshops

January 16th, 2016. Port Townsend, WA. 11 am to 6 pm. 

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Dancing on the Page: Moving Into Embodied Writing

As children, most of us did not experience writing as play. The well-meaning adults in our lives focused on correcting our creations for spelling, grammar and handwriting, rather than applauding our creativity. Our schools trained us to write from the left brain, to edit before daring to let the words loose on the page like wild animals and to ignore all feeling in our bodies. It’s no wonder that many of us who are called to write inevitably feel the cold, dead hand of “writer’s block” around our necks.

As John Lee says in Writing from the Body, many of us are tired of living in “the little closet between our ears.” Our voice does not only live in our heads with our thoughts but also with the sounds in our throats, the breath in our lungs and the food in our bellies. How many stories are hiding out in your toes, your hips, the tip of your nose?

In this workshop, we won’t produce polished writing, exchange critiques or discuss craft. Instead, we’ll focus on interrupting the high speed data cord from our brains to our writing hands and laying down new lines of connection from all parts of our bodies to the page. No prior writing experience is required. We will leave beginner’s writing mind and enter beginner’s writing body through breath, sound, smell, taste, sight, touch and movement, as well as writing, our own and others’. We will take away many tools to creating work that is raw, visceral, sensual and wild.

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