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Body of Writing
Body of Writing adds an additional dimension to the traditional body, mind, spirit practice of yoga: story. This workshop offers a variety of inspirational writing exercises and simple yoga postures, as well as meditation and visualization techniques designed to help workshop participants access the stories they carry around with them every day, often unknowingly.
Participants will learn calming breathing techniques that allow them to move deeper into the process of unearthing their individual stories. The artistic aspect of each person will be challenged and nurtured so that everyone leaves the workshop feeling stimulated yet relaxed. Workshop participants will depart with new goals for their writing lives or the start of a new piece. No previous experience with yoga is necessary.
This workshop is for musicians and non-musicians alike. All participants will be encouraged and supported as we focus on lyrics, melody, chord progression, and mood. We’ll listen to songs, analyze structure, and use literary devices to create original lyrics. We’ll use our voices to facilitate the process. Participants work individually and as part of a group. Prior musical experience is not necessary.
Let’s Get This Story Started!
This workshop begins with a brainstorm to discover topics that are important to the group. We’ll choose one to be the seed of our story. Using guided writing exercises, we’ll create character sketches, then share them. Next, we’ll vote to decide which character will be our main character. As our MC takes on a life of his/her (its!) own, we’ll use a little critical thinking to discover what they want, how they might try to get it, and what stands in their way. In addition, participants will be encouraged to start a second, individual story that they can continue working on at home.
Undercover: Is There a Song in Your Book?
Would your story benefit from having a musical companion piece? If so, this workshop is for you. Participants will be guided to discover what kind of song might work best with their Novel, Chapter Book, Picture Book, or Poem, and how to get started with the songwriting process, as well learn what steps to take once their song is complete.
If you have a song already in progress, bring it! If you play an instrument, bring that. However, no experience with songwriting is necessary for this workshop. Participants simply must be ready to make some noise!
The workshop Undercover: Is There a Song in Your Book? first presented with the following keynote, which also works well as a standalone presentation:
Where's the Music?
Author and singer-songwriter Mimi Cross talks about finding the musical moments in her writing and how you can find them in yours.This keynote is interspersed with performance.
*Please visit http://projectwritenow.org to find out about Mimi's ongoing classes in Red Bank, NJ or email email@example.com.
Each of the above workshops can be tailored to individuals.
Saturday June 3rd, 2017 • 3pm in the RWA booth
Javits Center, NYC
Meet & Greet Author Event and Book Sale
Saturday, December 3, 2016 • 1:00-4:00pm
Short Stories & Community Hub
23 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
Women Who Write Annual Conference
Saturday, October 15, 2016 • 9:00 am
Keynote speech, songwriting workshop, one-on-ones available.
25 Cook Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
Chatting YA with Mimi Cross & Lisa Williamson
Sunday, June 12, 2016 • 4:00 pm
123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival
Saturday June 11th, 2016 • Please check back for details!
Barnes & Noble
Holmdel Commons, 2134 State Highway 35, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Shining Sea Book Launch Party!
Thursday June 2nd, 2016 • 7:00 pm
River Road Books
759 River Road Fair Haven, NJ 07704
Saturday May 14th, 2016 • 10:30 am in the RWA booth, #1712
West Building at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL 60616
Friday May 13th, 2016 • 12 pm in the RWA booth, #1712
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL 60616