A shout out from Christine Hale, at Spry Literary Journal! Read about her exploration of writing as a spiritual practice.
July 11, 2013, 8 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. EST:
A live teleseminar with Brenda for International Association of Conscious and Creative Writers
Brenda will be interviewed live as part of an interview series with the International Association of Conscious and Creative Writers (IACCW). You can find details here. You can listen free as a member, and it’s easy to join (and free! Details on membership here.) Julia McCutchen will be interviewing Brenda for an hour on the following topics:
How do we create space for writing or creativity in a world crowded with many distractions? How can we gain access to our deeper selves in the midst of our busy lives? In The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, Brenda Miller and Holly J. Hughes guide us in contemplative and writing practices that help us pay attention in simple and profound ways.
At the heart of mindful writing is the ability to slow down and simply observe what is happening, both inside and outside the self. In this conversation with Brenda Miller, she will describe how the power of detailed observation can be translated into writing, and how writing, itself, can become an important contemplative practice.
We will cover many topics, including:
- How to create physical and mental space for mindfulness and writing
- How to heighten awareness as a basis for writing
- How to practice writing that articulates the concrete, tactile, sensory world
- How to write quickly, but effectively
- How to take risks in writing
- How to write both alone and in community.
June 29-30, 2013: Portland, Oregon
- We’ll be starting with a 2 1/2 hour workshop at the Portland First Unitarian Church, Saturday, June 29, 9:30-12. In this workshop, we’ll be leading you in some simple contemplative practices and writing prompts to get you started on fruitful new work. $25 for church members; $35 for others. Details here.
- Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m., we’ll be giving a reading at St. John’s Booksellers, 8622 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203, 503-283-0032. We’ll share our writing from the book, as well as lead you in a simple writing exercise.
- Sunday morning, June 30, we’ll be back at the Unitarian Church for a free reading and reception (with refreshments!) from 11:30-12:30.
Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA, 7-9 p.m. Free
Brenda and Holly will give a free talk and mini-workshop based on The Pen and the Bell.
The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA, 10-4. $80
Brenda and Holly will guide a day-long workshop that will involve simple contemplative practices and writing exercises.
The Associated Writing Programs Book Fair and Conference, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Skinner House Books will be displaying The Pen and The Bell, and Brenda will be hanging out to chat with readers. Come visit if you’re in the area! The Book Fair is open to the public, for free, on Saturday, March 9.
The Search For Meaning Book Festival, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Holly will be giving a talk based on The Pen and the Bell. Tickets are free, but required in advance. Come visit if you’re in the area!
Here are some events Holly will be doing in February:
Sunday Feb. 3rd 3 pm
Ish River Poet’s Circle Reading
La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second St.
Reading: Tim McNulty, Holly Hughes, Finn Wilcox, Michael Daley
Tuesday, Feb. 12 6 pm
Artsmith Salon Series
Eastsound, Orcas Island