Go Down Deep: Exploring the Spiritual Essay


Go Down Deep: Exploring the Spiritual Essay


“To get up to the joy you have to go down deep.”  — Laurence Cole

Writing about our spiritual experiences may involve stepping outside the ordinary into deep mystery, or simply finding enchantment in the everyday. Just as some spiritual teachings prompt us to look within, to embrace stillness, so good writing calls us into direct experience, or communion, with reality, so that we can see things with new eyes. 

This short class will explore ways we can sink more deeply into our writing, offering practical techniques for accessing inspiration. With a focus on the genre of “the spiritual essay” (though these techniques can be used with any form) we’ll ask, where’s the juice, the energy, the heat, in your writing? What is it about these moments that cause them to light up? What prompts us to be seized by certain moments, to experience what James Joyce calls ‘aesthetic arrest?’

Responding to provocative prompts, and using pointed questions to deepen our writing, we’ll generate several short new pieces of writing, which can be expanded upon post-class. We’ll also look at what yoga philosophy has to say about creativity and discuss the question of when non-attachment can be useful in your writing life. And we’ll practice a short meditation exercise, and explore writing from that meditative state.

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019; 1:30pm-4:30pm

Where:  Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $75

All course information is sent to participants upon registering including confirmation of workshop times, location, and materials.

Please review our cancellation policy: http://www.iowawritershouse.org/cancellation-policy

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