Saturday, 2:00 pm EST - 3:15 pm EST November 28, 2020
- 2 – 2:15pm ET Introduction and Explanation
- 2:15 – 3pm ET Silent Writing Time
- 3 – 3:15pm ET Meditation and Closing Remarks
Approaching creative projects with a clear and focused mind is challenging right now. If all this uncertainty is diminishing your motivation to write, get it back at 45:15, a community writing event held online via Zoom!
Led by co-host Claire Oleson, one of our 2020 Emerging Writer Fellows, participants will write silently for 45 minutes. Afterward, Virginia Chang, a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, will guide participants in mindful movement and meditation. While writing, the body is still and the mind focused. We will awaken the body and relax the mind using a combination of yoga, breathwork, and meditation. No mat required, just a willingness to participate and listen. This mindful experience should leave you feeling calm yet energized.
45:15 is inspired by Ellen Sussman’s “unit system” for a disciplined and generative writing practice detailed in her Poets & Writers essay, “A Writer’s Daily Habit: Four Steps to Higher Productivity.” She argues that by taking periodic breaks from your writing or thinking about your writing, you are allowing your subconscious to keep creating. When you sit down again, you’ll feel more energized and ready to kick out another forty-five minutes of concentrated writing.
“I’m not conscious of thinking about the novel. But the minute I get back to my desk for unit two, I’m suddenly brimming with new ideas. Something happens when you let your mind breathe for a moment.”
Claire Oleson is a queer writer and 2019 graduate of Kenyon College, where she studied English and Creative Writing. Her work has been published by the Kenyon Review online, the University of Kentucky’s graduate literary journal Limestone, the LA Review of Books, and Newfound Press, among others. She is the 2019 winner of the Newfound Prose Prize. Her chapbook, Things from the Creek Bed We Could Have Been, debuted May, 2020. Her undergraduate thesis was recently named a finalist for Cream City Review’s 2020 Summer Fiction Contest. She currently lives and works in NYC.
Virginia Chang, Ph.D., is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher and life-long practitioner who incorporates meditation and breathwork into her approach that brings a mindfulness and peace to her work. A Certified End-of-Life Doula and founder of Till The Last, she currently works with the dying and their loved ones to approach end of life in a positive, meaningful, and affirming way. When relaxing, she can be found reading, playing the harp, or exercising. She loves books and is a volunteer reader for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and Emerging Writer Fellowships.