ABOUT THE CLASS:
“Sit down right now. Give me this moment. Write whatever’s running through you.” Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
The IDP Mindful Writing Class is open to writers of all experience levels and genres. At each meeting, we'll meditate, practice writing prompts and exercises on topics of mindfulness, awareness, and the sense perceptions, share our work aloud in a supportive atmosphere, and create a compassionate writing community. By practicing meditation we will become more familiar with the landscape of our minds, the texture of our thoughts, and the richness of the present moment--all of which will inform our writing. We will explore writing as a way to actively learn about our world, and we will find out how writing and meditation can support one another. This class will be a place to play, to experiment with words and form, take artistic risks, and return again to the page with greater confidence in our ideas.
Meditation instruction will be given at the start of every class. No experience with meditation necessary. Beginners welcome.
Second Saturday of the Month.
Please bring pen and paper
For more information, please contact Emily at [masked]
*****If you would like to bring in a short piece of writing to have workshopped during class please email the instructor a few days before.
ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Emily Herzlin is a writer and teacher living in New York City. She teaches Mindfulness and Creative Writing at Columbia University and has led mindful writing workshops through GreenspaceNYC. After studying Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, Emily received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University, and attended the Naropa University Summer Writing Program. Emily is a student in IDP’s Yearlong Immersion Program and has been attending classes at IDP since 2005. She is working on a nonfiction book about her obsession with the 19th century Irish playwright John Millington Synge and the Aran Islands. Publications include The Millions, USA Today, Shambhala Publications’ The Under 35 Project, The Women’s International Perspective, and Crescendo City.
This is a drop-in event, and pre-registration is not necessary. We're offering it on a donation basis, and request each participant to contribute between $5 - $10 to support this and other initiatives led by The Interdependence Project. No one with financial difficulties will be turned away.