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45:15 Online — A Communal Writing Experience


Online via Zoom

Saturday, 2:00 pm EST - 3:15 pm EST July 25, 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!

Participants will write silently for 45 minutes. Afterward, Virginia Chang, a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, will lead participants in a meditation focused on the hands. While writing, you almost take your hands for granted.  While your brain focuses on the words to be written, they quietly do the work. We will nourish our hands and appreciate all that they do for us.

45:15 is inspired by Ellen Sussman’s “unit system” for 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.”
—Ellen Sussman

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    Virginia Chang

    Virginia Chang

    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.