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On Being Stuck

Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

What if your writer’s block is your greatest teacher? Are you haunted by what you are not writing? Do you feel like you and your writing have abandoned each other? Do you struggle to sculpt the time required to practice your craft? Would you rather have written than write?

Our creative blocks hold messages for us, and by paying attention to those blocks and inquiring into their hidden gifts, we can unleash their creative power. This process-oriented workshop with award-winning author Laraine Herring, MFA, MA, is for all those who have found—or find—themselves stuck in their creative process.

You will learn:

  • How to break through the perspectives that hold you back from writing
  • Strategies for regularly setting aside time to devote to writing projects
  • What happens when you stay present with your words until you have heard all they have to say to your audience and your heart
  • The relationship that exists between a writer and the process, and how the blocks play an essential role in the evolution of that relationship.

Using deep inquiry, writing exercises, movement, and breath work, (and the occasional monkey puppet!), you will practice moving into, rather than away from, your stuck places so you can embrace and see the purpose of all parts of the creative process, not only the production stage.

You return home with a more balanced relationship between you and your work and enjoy a healthier and happier path forward.

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Laraine Herring, MFA, MA

July 16-21, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$360 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

What if your writer’s block is your greatest teacher? Are you haunted by what you are not writing? Do you feel like you and your writing have abandoned each other? Do you struggle to sculpt the time required to practice your craft? Would you rather have written than write?

Our creative blocks hold messages for us, and by paying attention to those blocks and inquiring into their hidden gifts, we can unleash their creative power. This process-oriented workshop with award-winning author Laraine Herring, MFA, MA, is for all those who have found—or find—themselves stuck in their creative process.

You will learn:

  • How to break through the perspectives that hold you back from writing
  • Strategies for regularly setting aside time to devote to writing projects
  • What happens when you stay present with your words until you have heard all they have to say to your audience and your heart
  • The relationship that exists between a writer and the process, and how the blocks play an essential role in the evolution of that relationship.

Using deep inquiry, writing exercises, movement, and breath work, (and the occasional monkey puppet!), you will practice moving into, rather than away from, your stuck places so you can embrace and see the purpose of all parts of the creative process, not only the production stage.

You return home with a more balanced relationship between you and your work and enjoy a healthier and happier path forward.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Dive into the obstacles in your writing process and discover the revelations they hold for you.

  • Shift your perceptions about what is holding you back so you can come to your projects with more ease and joy.

  • Take your writing to the next level by learning new skills for relaxing and tapping into your unlimited creativity and intuition.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Things to Bring

    Bring a journal, paper, pen, or computer—whatever you prefer to use to write.

  • What to Wear

    Comfortable clothes

  • Recommended Reading

    On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block, Laraine Herring

  • Special Interest to

    Writers and anyone who has experienced, or is experiencing, creative blocks

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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