AN ABSORBING ERRAND: Four week writing program with Karen Lee Lewis, poet

AN ABSORBING ERRAND - Four week writing program with Karen Lee Lewis, published poet and teaching artist

Wednesdays: Oct. 16, 23 and 30, Nov. 6, 7-8:30 PM
Members $55 /Nonmembers $65

Our creative writing salon will work with Janna Malamud Smith’s deeply insightful book. Karen Lee Lewis 4-week workshop beginning 10/9 for website:

An Absorbing Errand by Janna Malamud Smith, uses stories of artists’ lives, personal anecdotes, and insights from the author’s work as a psychotherapist to examine the psychological obstacles that prevent people from staying with, and relishing, the process of art-making. Each chapter is devoted to a problem intrinsic to the creative process and illustrates how these very obstacles, once understood, can become prime sources of the energy that actually fuels the mastery of art-making.”

Smith writes, “Even when we are not geniuses, our own thinking and creativity are often better catalyzed and stimulated in discourse, not in isolation...we need to be stirred up, stimulated and challenged by others, especially those who share our interests and with whom we feel some modicum of mutual respect.”

Karen Lee Lewis is a poet, photographer, Teaching Artist and Teacher Consultant for the Western New York Writing Project. Her work has been widely published. She teaches creative writing workshops for children and adults throughout Western New York. She has been involved in arts education for over a decade and recently participated in the first national workshop for Teaching Artists at the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her full-length poetry collection is entitled “What I Would Not Unravel”. Her new chapbook “Solitude” is based on a Charles Burchfield painting of the same name. It is a ten-part poem that is paired with her original photographs. To learn more about her work please visit www.karenleelewis.com

Photo image by Karen Lee Lewis

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