World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down
~Day-long Retreat, presented by Point Reyes Books, Black Mountain Circle, and The New School~
“Art,” said the novelist Saul Bellow, “has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos…an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.” And yet more than 38% of the U.S. population say they’re “always feeling rushed.”
Christian McEwen’s workshop provides a welcome antidote to that crazy-busyness: an opportunity to slow down and pay attention, combining stories and discussion with a special focus on reading, writing, walking, drawing, and dreaming. All participants welcome, though it will be of particular interest to creative writers, and to practicing artists of whatever genre. Please bring a notebook or journal, paints and crayons if you have them, and comfortable walking shoes.
About Christian McEwen. Christian McEwen is the author of The Tortoise Diaries—Daily Meditations on Creativity and Slowing Down, and World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down (Bauhan Publishing, 2014 and 2011). She is a poet, a playwright, a documentary filmmaker, a teacher, and an editor. She co-edited The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing; Naming the Waves: Contemporary Lesbian Poetry; and, with Sue O’Connell, Out the Other Side: Contemporary Lesbian Writing. She teaches writing workshops throughout the United States.