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45:15 Online: A Communal Writing Experience


Saturday, 2:00 pm EST - 3:15 pm EST January 23, 2021

Online via Zoom

  • 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 Raluca Albu, one of our 2020 Emerging Writer Fellows, participants will write silently for 45 minutes, working on current or new material. A writing prompt will not be provided. 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.”
—Ellen Sussman


Led by

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    Raluca Albu

    Raluca Albu

    Raluca Albu was born in Romania and raised in the Bronx. She currently serves as the deputy editor of Doctors Without Borders. After teaching social studies for nearly a decade, she pursued her MFA in creative writing at Columbia University and has held editorial positions at Guernica, BOMB, and NYU, where she teaches writing. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Village Voice, Words without Borders and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel about an illegal abortion doctor who saved lives in communist Romania, told through a fictionalized secret police file and a queer American daughter’s childhood memories.

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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.