Breathe Deeply and Find Your Narrative Voice
Combine the Art of Classical Qigong and Creative Writing To Access Your Most Compelling Inner Storyteller
February 23 to 29, 2016
Hotel Posada de las Monjas
San Miguel Allende, Mexico
Morning or Afternoon Six-Day Workshop ($450) or Both ($750)
Learn More and Register: writinglifesma.com
In this market, your memoir–as well as your novel–has to read like a prize-winning novel. That means a mesmerizing narrative voice—intelligent, witty, insightful, honest, and fearless.
Discover your most compelling narrative voice in a unique new workshop combining the illuminating power of classical Qigong led by Harvard- trained Chinese scholar Paul Bloom and the sophisticated creative writing practices taught by sought-after writing coach and James Joyce scholar Susan Brown. An authentic narrative voice reflects the world view (universal beliefs) and personality (personal traits and attitudes) of the storyteller. Qigong (Qi=breath/energy; gong=skillful movement) is the ancient Chinese art and science of breathing and moving exercises to create total health, physical vitality, clarity of mind, emotional balance, and an awakened spirit. Energized and centered by Qigong, writers can draw on their deepest inner resources for emotional honesty, spiritual truth, and creative power. With a harmonious body, mind, heart, and spirit, the writer’s true voice naturally and spontaneously emerges.
“I can’t imagine a more skilled, experienced, and brilliant writing coach than Susan Brown. She is intuitive! She climbed inside my project and saw exactly what it needed, picking up nuances that had passed me by. I learned more in her intensive workshop than by reading several “how to” books on writing.”
Susan Page, Founder and Director of the San Miguel Writers Conference
“Paul Bloom is a phenomenal teacher. With the Qigong practice, I have a wonderful feeling of physical well-being, a greater clarity of mind, and a deeper sense of purpose.”
Robert Thurman, Je Tsong Kapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University
The workshops take place on the hotel’s top floor overlooking San Miguel.
12 Approaches to Finding An Authentic and Compelling Narrative Voice
- Decide Between Memoir or Fiction to Tell Your Story
- Voice and Point of View in Fiction: First or Third?
- Finding Your Voice with Three-Part Dialogue
- Find Your Voice with a Recurring Metaphor
- Voice as the Key to Plot
- Voice, Gesture, and Secondary Characters
- Finding Your Voice through Internal Dialogue
- The Omniscient Narrator
- Negotiating Voice and Tone
- Creating Dual Voices when Writing as a Child
- Creating Voice through Symbolism
- Voices and Villains