Storytelling from a Place of Mindfulness with Rachel Aydt

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 06:00 PM until Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 08:00 PM

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Rachel Aydt
Length: 5 sessions, $450
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Writers need a toolbox for shaping, forming, defining, and sharing their stories. One of the best tools available to us is being mindful. Simply put, mindfulness is being conscious or aware of something. How can we use mindfulness to our advantage, in a way that will generate stories? How can we zoom in more closely into our daily lives to find, and elevate, meaning from the mundane? This eleven week class is both a writing exercise and a mindfulness exercise. Observing our lives and allowing ourselves to blow open small moments that are important can be the key to unlocking the treasure of our own stories. We'll study excerpts from a wide variety of writers including Annie Dillard, James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, and more. From them, we'll garner inspiration from their examined moments so that we can begin to better examine our own.

Rachel Aydt is a part-time Assistant Professor of writing and literature at the New School University. She's held staff positions in national consumer magazines including CosmoGirl and Cosmopolitan, and combines her love of writing and New York City by publishing personal essays in many New York-centric publications that include the New York Observer, the New York Post, the New York Times' Motherlode blog, New York Metro Parents, and more.


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