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Introduction to Writing Japanese Poetry Naomi Beth Wakan 4 weeks starting September 24, 2018 $160 REGISTER NOW
Dreams as Source: Using Dreams to Spark Creative Writing Karla Van Vliet 4 weeks starting October 22, 2018 $160 REGISTER NOW
Your Inner Gift: Cultivating the Art of Simplicity in Photography Andy Ilachinski 6 weeks starting September 10, 2018 $190 REGISTER NOW

Your Inner Gift: Cultivating the Art of Simplicity in Photography REGISTER NOW






Are you interested in making images that express a sense of who you are on the inside? Do you want your images to be more simple and meaningful?

Learn how to cultivate a mindful, intuitive awareness of simplicity in approaching subject matter and composition. Move beyond capturing well exposed snapshots of what you see to using basic elements of a visual grammar to communicate what you feel and to create images that are uniquely personal and meaningful. The focus will be divided equally between finding simplicity within—by developing and nurturing a relationship to subject, camera, and self—and finding simplicity without—by learning specific methods and approaches, including post-processing techniques, to enhance your visual and spiritual awareness of space in the world around us and in our photographs. Ultimately, explore how to convey the spirit of Minor White's sage admonition to "photograph things not only for what they are, but also for what else they are." Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

Instructor: Andy Ilachinski website | contact
Six Weeks starting September 10, 2018
Fee: $190
Enrollment Limit: 8

By training and profession, Andy Ilachinski is a physicist. However, both by temperament and inner muse, he is a photographer. Photography became his life-long pursuit the day his parents gave him a Polaroid instamatic camera for his 10th birthday. Through his photography, Ilachinski studies the mysterious relationship between inner experiences and outer realities. His creative process is very simple. He takes pictures of what calms his soul. Ilachinski's work has been widely published and awarded. His images have been featured in Lenswork four times, spotlighted in B&W magazine twice, and has been featured in Still Point Arts Quarterly. Ilachinski has been a multiple-time finalist in the prestigious B&W Spider Awards and his work has appeared on many online magazines and blogs (including Luminous Landscape and Shadow & Light magazine). He won the international book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007. His blog (started in 2004) has been named one of the top 100 photography blogs by Photography Colleges. He received the award Best in Show—Portfolio in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Simplicity.

Dreams as Source: Using Dreams to Spark Creative Writing REGISTER NOW

Do your dreams play over and over in your mind? Do you think about what they might mean? Perhaps writing can help you explore your dreams.

Dreams can be intense and confrontational, scary, quirky, funny, or loving. They ask us to look into dark corners, where both love and terror can hide. This is the gritty material that makes great art. Using creative writing in the genre of your choice (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.), this workshop will provide methods to mine those unique veins of feeling and experience and access the fertile ground that our dreams hold for self-discovery. Through email correspondence, participants will have the opportunity to discuss one or up to four recent or childhood dreams one-on-one with the instructor. Participants will submit writing each week and receive useful feedback and direction. Note: this workshop will not include much sharing among participants as dreams are often very private experiences.

Instructor: Karla Van Vliet website | contact
Four Weeks Starting October 22, 2018
Fee: $160
Enrollment Limit: 8

Karla Van Vliet is the author of three collections of poems: Fragments: From the Lost Book of the Bird Spirit (Folded Word, 2018); From the Book of Remembrance and The River From My Mouth (Shanti Arts.) She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize finalist, and a Best of the Net, and two-time Pushcart nominee. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Tishman Review, Green Mountains Review, Cronnog Magazine, and others.  Van Vliet is a co-founder and editor of deLuge Journal. She is an Integrative Dreamwork analyst, in private practice since 2007, working one-on-one with clients and leading dreamwork retreat groups. She is a visual artist and the administrator of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College. Karla lives in Bristol, Vermont.

Introduction to Writing Japanese Poetry REGISTER NOW

Are you a poet looking to expand your use of poetic forms? Do you want to explore the possibilities within poetry?

Learn about two time-honored forms of Japanese poetry: haiku (the poetry of the senses) and tanka (the poetry of the heart). Participants will be introduced to an understanding of both of these wonderful ways to express one's self in poetry and will receive supportive critique from the instructor. Suitable for both experienced and emerging poets. This will be Naomi's third time teaching this popular workshop . . . be sure to register early!

Instructor: Naomi Beth Wakan website |contact
Four Weeks Starting September 24, 2018
Fee: $160

Enrollment Limit: 8

Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist and the Poet Laureate of Nanaimo. She has authored over fifty books, most recently, On the Arts, a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces she has written for Still Point Arts Quarterly. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Haiku: One Breath Poetry. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada.



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