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Summer 2020 Online: Finding Flow

July 10 - 12, 2020
Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
online via Zoom

“So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is the enemy of the good; it is also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.”
~Rebecca Solnit

Carving time and space to be attentive to our creative practice can be daunting at anytime, during a pandemic, when we’re struggling to juggle all our roles it’s even more difficult. Not only do we have to make the time, which often means taking time away from our responsibilities, but then, once at our desk we must quiet our minds, we have to release the tight grip of the mind that stands in the way. In this workshop we’ll spend some time building tools and resources to relieve the overwhelming pressure we put on ourselves. We will unpack the fear of failing and understanding that not producing is not only normal but even healthy at times.

Together we will visit some questions about our work. Why we write? Why we read? What’s at the root of our frozen moments?

Feeling stuck is an opportunity to look at the way we work, the way we talk to ourselves, examine our expectations, and be honest about what we can handle at this time. Join the instructor and your fellow students to write together, to read, to talk and laugh about our human experience and how we can get out of our way and get words on the page.

Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and a story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Greensboro ReviewThe Bellingham ReviewGulf CoastInkwell, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesO, The Oprah MagazineThe Huffington Post and others. Natalie has been short listed in Best American Short Stories. She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. Visit her online at natalieserber.com.
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