I've published a new article on mindful writing, "Mantra of Intention," at New Writing: International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
Monday, August 16, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
In the Fall 2021 semester, I will be teaching an online graduate course on mindful writing: ENG 835: Mindful Writing: Theory and Practice. If you're interested in learning more about mindful writing, this could be the opportunity for you.
The class meets on Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:50 PM, EST.
This course explores mindfulness as writing theory and practice and examines the impact of present awareness on the writing process and rhetorical situation. We study rhetorical factors of impermanence, audience, internal rhetoric, verbal emptiness, mindful invention, and the embodied and material conditions of writing. We apply present-moment awareness to writing to reduce obstacles that come from mindlessness or future- or past-oriented approaches. Students practice frequent mindful writing techniques for use in the classroom and their writing. 3 credits.
How to Register:
Feel free to email me if you've questions: email@example.com
* image from Thich Nhat Hanh
Sunday, February 14, 2021
I'll be offering three online mindful writing workshops for the Kinship Program through the New Hampshire Children's Trust for grandparents and caretakers of children whose parents are impacted by addiction.
Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions to receive the full benefits of the workshop series. Workshop session dates and times are as follows online:
What is mindful writing? Why try it? Mindfulness can help us deal with difficult thoughts and experiences with self-compassion, and these benefits are amplified when mindfulness is combined with writing. Mindful writing helps us see the constant change happening around us so that we realize we're not as stuck as we might think we are. Mindful writing shows us how to balance observation with detachment so that we don't become attached to difficult thoughts and emotions, including the sorrow, stress, fear, and anger that surfaces for people whose family members struggle with addiction. In each session, participants learn a guided meditation and an easy-to-practice writing activity including "Already Perfect Meditation," "Loving-Kindness Meditation", and keeping a "Mind List." Participants decide whether they want to share any of the writing they create; their writing can stay private (unshared). These workshops offer a supportive environment where writing and mindfulness are used to take care of the self.
For information or to register: https://www.nhchildrenstrust.org/mindful-writing
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Here's a link to my interview, "What Does Mindfulness Offer Teachers," for The Chronicle, the publication of the National Council of Teachers of English:
Friday, January 8, 2021
The future seems brighter, but at the same time, increasingly more is asked of teachers. We face furloughs, policy changes, and classrooms that are online one day and in person the next — all the while needing to grade, prepare lessons, and serve the emotional needs and well-being of our students. We are at risk for burn-out and COVID fatigue. This series will help teachers refuel and find balance as we take the turn into a new year.
In each session, participants will be invited to do a guided meditation and then a restorative activity that combines writing with mindfulness, including already-perfect meditation, working with preconceptions and story lines, caricature of our internalized critics, and mantra for self-compassion. Along the way we will revisit and practice a few of the mindfulness activities from the September series. By writing in the moment, we can relax into the present and take care of ourselves.
Some sessions will include guest speakers and experts on mindfulness with an opportunity for Q–&-A. Guest speakers will be listed below as they are confirmed.
Please note: This series is not sequential. Feel free to join one, two, or any number of the sessions—whatever works with your schedule. Each date will be a unique time to get together and meet you where you are.
On January 23 our guest is Christa Turksma. On February 13 our guest is Dido Balla.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
The combined annual Conference on Writing and Well-Being and the second University of Nevada, Reno Crossings Conference will take place this week, virtually, on January 3-5, 2021: University of Reno Conference
Monday, December 21, 2020