The Feldenkrais Creativity Workshop for Writers: Topic #4 Chapter Structure

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A story is like a Russian Doll with smaller stories nestled within each chapter: if these subtle storylines are not present, it’s perhaps a fairytale or a myth. Yet, even the epic mythical tales of Homer have subsets of story nestled within a larger story arc.

In a short story, as in the chapter of a novel, a scene begins and ends when some aspect of the cast of characters is either diminished or augmented. Yet, the chapters must give relatively equal weight and length to each perspective they provide.

To select what to include and what to leave out is the challenge of every beginning novelist, and often beginners actually spell out too much, when to allow developments to unfold entices the reader more thoroughly. The complete freedom of fiction can be overwhelming. Join us for a closer look at how to use these elements, with awareness of their potential impact.

Learn to use them to provide a sort of compression chamber that has the potential power to make the story take off, like rockets in the sky. In this workshop, we focus learning to look at scenes versus chapters, to see what they say back to you. A complete chapter or story is not the answer to a problem but does require some inevitable resolution. How does this apply to your work in progress?

Calm the body, and you free the mind. Learn how to access a deeper place to write from while at the same time addressing aspects of the Craft of Writing Fiction.

For novelists, short story writers, or anyone interested in jump starting their creative juices. "Experimenting with your process is a way to open yourself up to new possibilities," writes Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo, the month-long marathon of writing a novel in one go. 

The medium for this transformative process that allows you to access your own creativity is the FELDENKRAIS© Method, which teaches you to release your tension in readiness for the creative process. It empties the mind as it helps you rediscover the path of least resistance first literally, then figuratively. The format of the workshop is an ebb and flow of warm up lessons that release tension and mental worry, followed by opportunities to write from a deeper place. This reconnection with self gives you access to impulses you cannot quite nail down in the hustle and bustle of the everyday living.

A new and innovative use of FELDENKRAIS takes advantage of additional benefits: the cultivation of calm, focus and inspiration! Develop a reliable, steady connection with inspiration by adding a practice of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement to your writing routine. The only thing you have to lose is the sense of struggle!


Purchase Early Bird Tickets: $15

Tickets: $30 at the door - For last minute tickets at the door, please RSVP via text to (541) 777-0124 beforehand to make sure there is space in the room. Thank you in advance! It helps with the room reservation.

Sat., May 4th, 2019, 2-5 pm 235 W. Main St. Jacksonville, Oregon

The Spring Semester of Feldenkrais Creativity Workshops for Fiction Writers 2019 is the initial launch of the series. Very well received so far, prices will rise for the Summer and Fall Series, so get in on the ground floor while the workshops are intimate, and the price is exceptional for the value you get from participation. 

Feedback from Past Participants:

"I really enjoyed combining movement with writing. I think it's a great idea! This workshop really got me thinking about voice and perspective."- K. (Topic #2 February 2019)

"I really liked the format of the class. It felt organic and right on. The handout was great, full of examples and styles. I really like the movement and then writing after. I think it brought out a deepness in my writing. Also, the Feldenkrais Method is amazing. I feel IN my body and very expanded in thought. I also feel more balanced." - C. (Topic #2 February 2019)

“I loved this workshop! The first was great but somehow this one was even better! The topic of this workshop (The Narrative Process) was fabulous and the examples really helped make it clear. I also really enjoyed the discussions that come out of the workshop!” – K. (Topic #3 March 2019)

“I loved the workshop. Having the movement was very interesting. I feel I started my free writing in a different place than I would have. I also loved finding out about resources in the area and the instructor’s recommendations.”  - S. (Topic #3 March 2019)