Workshop combines meditation and writing

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011, 9:12 am

In her book, Writing Down the Bones, bestselling author Natalie Goldberg introduced "writing practice," a technique that combines the power of the pen with meditation to break writing blocks and tap into the creative mind.

View the full poster for this event!Her advice was to make writing a practice in the way that meditation is a practice. "You have to pick up a pen and write regularly for specific periods of time," she said, and put into words what you most need to say. The product, according to Goldberg, is not as important as the process.

During the library's "Mark My Words: Writing Practice" workshop, which is scheduled from 2-4pm on June 25, freelance writer Nita Sweeney, Goldberg's former assistant and student, will explain this effective tool and lead writing exercises and a brief period of meditation.

"Writing Practice," scheduled at Old Worthington Library, is free, but registration is required; please call 614-807-2626.

Sweeney has written professionally since 1984 and has published articles and essays in magazines and journals including Dog World, Dog Fancy, Writer's Journal, Country Living, Pitkin Review and in several newspapers and newsletters.

Mark My Words features quarterly programs aimed at introducing writers to a variety of writing styles and genres, thanks to the talents of some of central Ohio's most renowned authors.

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