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EGL 26 W — Mindfulness for Writers

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): May 6—Jun 7
Drop Deadline: May 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Ammi Keller
Limit: 125
Status: Registration opens Feb 25, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is May 9 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is May 14 at 5:00 pm.
Spring
Date(s)
May 6—Jun 7
5 weeks
Drop By
May 9
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Ammi Keller
Limit
125
Registration opens Feb 25, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is May 9 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is May 14 at 5:00 pm.
How can mindfulness help writers access the senses in both daily life and the visual imagination, enter flow states so that adults (re)learn to play like children, and build equanimity so that it becomes easier to write through difficult emotions and make use of criticism? Over five weeks, fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, journal keepers, bloggers, and those who have always wanted to write will develop or deepen a mindfulness practice, using it to create new writing while integrating approaches that encourage joy, fearlessness, and perseverance over a lifetime of creative endeavor. Students will learn how to meditate and will gain access to guided meditations specifically for writers, each connected to a choice of creative prompts in multiple genres. Each week, students will use embodied reading practices to respond to one another’s writing, facilitating both imaginative muscle building and compassion training, and the instructor will offer each student feedback at least three times during the course. Live (and recorded) videoconferencing sessions will host guest experts on the intersections among neuroscience, mindfulness, and creativity. Students will leave the course with a sustainable meditation practice, a portfolio of fresh writing, and resources for continuing to cultivate them in tandem.

Because of the high enrollment capacity, students will not receive instructor feedback on daily writing posts.

Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s short stories appear in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She volunteers with the San Francisco Dharma Collective and has received writing residencies from the Norton Island Colony, the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Dinty W. Moore, The Mindful Writer, Paperback – June 21, 2016 (ISBN 978-1614293521)
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