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Yoga & Creative Writing: Getting to the Roots of Creativity with Dawn Raffel (Sold Out)

$125

3 Sessions via Zoom

Out of stock

Once a week Saturdays, 10:00 am EDT - 11:45 am EDT October 10 to October 24, 2020

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at thierry@centerforfiction.org.


This three-session, mixed-genre class will incorporate gentle movement, breath-work, and yoga philosophy to tap into deeper levels of consciousness and creativity. Each session will also include discussion and/or interactive written exercises.

  • Class #1 Beginnings: We will begin with a gentle vinyasa (flow) class, with the theme of beginnings. After a five minute break, we’ll have an interactive discussion about what makes for a great beginning, with specific examples. The group will also be given an assignment to share in our third meeting.
  • Class #2 Getting to the truth: Regardless of whether we’re writing fiction, memoir, or narrative nonfiction, we ultimately want to get to the deepest truth. But what is that truth? Is the truth deeper than the story your mind is telling you? This session includes breath-work, two in-class writing exercises, and a yoga nidra (guided meditation). Participants will be given a breath-work sequence and a yoga nidra recording that can be used at any time.
  • Class # 3 Sustainable writing: We will begin with a very gentle vinyasa (flow) class, with the theme of balance and structure. After a five minute break, we’ll have a discussion structure and sustainable writing, and we will share our assignment from the first session.

Capacity: 12 students

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.

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    Dawn Raffel

    Dawn Raffel

    Dawn Raffel is the author of five books, most recently The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, which NPR selected as one of the great reads of 2018.  Previous books include two critically acclaimed short story collections, a novel, and a memoir. Her work has appeared in  O, The Oprah MagazineBOMB, NOON, The Anchor Books of New American Short Stories and many other periodicals and anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University; Summer Literary Seminars in Russia, Canada, Lithuania, and in the Republic of Georgia; and at the Center for Fiction. A 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor with additional certifications in yoga nidra and prana vidya, she combines the practice and philosophy of yoga with MFA-level writing tools.