WORLD ENOUGH & TIME: On Creativity & Slowing Down
Facilitated by Christian McEwen
She was someone who could not be rushed. This seems like a small thing. But it is actually a very amazing quality, a very ancient one…She went about her business as if she could live forever, and forever was very very long.
~ Alice Walker
This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peterborough Town Library on May 5, 2018.
The fee for the workshop is $35. Please register by emailing Sara Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at (603) 924-0027.
DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOP:
Almost everything we care deeply about, we do with some nimbus of slowness around it, whether that be writing a poem, digging a garden, or baking a birthday cake for a beloved child. “The greatest assassin of life is haste,” said the poet Theodore Roethke. And yet some 38% of Americans describe themselves as “always feeling rushed.” World Enough & Time is intended as an antidote to that frantic sense of urgency. Over the course of our time together, we will focus on very ordinary, everyday activities—walking, talking, writing, drawing, telling stories—exploring them both as a source of pleasure in themselves, and as a pathway to our own creative work. Sometimes allowing oneself time and space to do a blissful kind of nothing can be the most simplest and most inspiring tactic of them all.
World Enough is intended as a hands-on workshop, combining stories and discussion with a special focus on reading, writing, walking, drawing and dreaming.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Christian McEwen was born in Britain, and now lives in Williamsburg, MA. Over the past two decades, she has taught poetry and creative writing at the New School in New York City; at Williams College and Smith College in Massachusetts, and (for Lesley University), all over the United States. Her book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, is now in its sixth printing.