Cooper Street Workshops: The Writing Sangha

Addresse305 Cooper Street
AtThe Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden
CountyPreble (OH3080)
305 Cooper Street
The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden
Preble (OH3080)
Tel 2018-02-01
Categoria Events
Cooper Street Workshops: The Writing Sangha

In Sanskrit, sangha means community, and this workshop promotes a communal, meditative approach to writing memoir, specifically for women. While traditional approaches to memoir encourage an emotional distance from the material in terms of years, meditative writing allows participants to create emotional distance through mindfulness. Participants will learn the three cornerstones of meditative writing in the first two sessions: returning to the present breath of the narrator, dropping their fixed storylines, and writing the stories they actively avoid. In the third and fourth session, they practice responding to one another’s personal narratives with empathy and compassion, as well as addressing their own work through short prompts and guided meditation. The final two sessions involve group writing activities focused on the art of detachment, allowing participants to gently pull back and let their writing go.

About the instructor: Chelsey Everest Eil received her MFA from the Stonecoast low-residency program through the University of Southern Maine. She has led workshops at the Kelly Writers House, The Common Room, and elsewhere. FAQs What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? The closest street parking is on Cooper Street or N. 3rd Street. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please write to Leah at or call 856-668-4980.

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