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When the writing process is going well, we enter a state of relaxed awareness that is deeply satisfying. Time seems to disappear as we become totally immersed in the process of putting words on paper. University of Chicago psychologist and researcher Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term "flow" to describe this experience of tapping into a deep well of creativity while remaining simultaneously challenged and inspired.
Join author and writing instructor Robin Moore for an evening of incandescent writing practice. We will examine the five classic steps in the creative process and explore how writing can act as a pathway for creative problem-solving, personal growth and artistic expression.
Wednesday, April 30, 7 to 9 pm at TGI's main campus
(following our 5:30 pm Open House and Informational Session)
Whether we are beginning writers or seasoned pros, we can all benefit by learning tried-and-true writing techniques that will enable us to break through our creative blocks and become the kind of writers we are meant to be.
Bring a pen, a tablet of paper and an open mind! RSVP on our Events Page.
Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity
By Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
Foreward by Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
As creative people, we all long for that feeling of Flow, when time seems to disappear and we enter a "zone" of total and joyful absorption while we focus intently on the task at hand. But how do we achieve this state? Do we simply sit and wait for The Muse to smile on us? Do we just grind away until we experience a breakthrough? Or do we just hope that something magical will happen...
Dr. Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi has done much to articulate the mysterious process of immersion, incubation, insight, evaluation and elaboration in his influential work on the nature of what he calls Flow, The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
In this book, UCLA Writer's Program Professor Dr. Susan Perry takes the principles of flow and applies them to the task of writing and writing well. She interviewed more than 75 best-selling and award-winning authors who share their techniques for getting beyond the blank page and entering flow as they write.
Whether you are serious about your writing or simply want to be more aware of your creative life, this book offers techniques and insights which can help you understand more about how we create. I have made a portion of my living by writing for 30 years and I realize that I need all the help I can get. So I hedge my bets: I cultivate my relationship with The Muse and try to get her to dance my way when it comes time to write. But I also want to gather every scrap of practical information I can about how scholars, scientists and other creative writers make this shift into a state of optimal experience. Susan Perry offers many pathways to this destination.
As Award-Winning Author Ursula K. Le Guin told Dr. Perry, "I consider the gift of being totally absorbed into my work the greatest pleasure and the noblest privilege of my life." This book helps us embrace the gift and do our best work as we follow the creative spirit, wherever she may lead......
"The Bigfoot Expedition: A Wilderness Adventure" tells the fictional story of the only successful Bigfoot Expedition in North America. Author Robin Moore has made five research trips to British Columbia, searching for Bigfoot. "I really fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and was considering moving there for a while," he said. "This barely-believable story is my tribute to that vast, beautiful wilderness." Did he find Bigfoot? Read between the lines and find out...
Chosen as a Kindle Select Book, Amazon has announced that it will celebrate the launch of "The Bigfoot Expedition" on September 22-23 with a free world-wide promotional download. Amazon expects to give away thousands of electronic copies. To receive your free ebook, just click on the link below during this weekend. If you don't have a Kindle, no worries, you can read the book on your ipad, iphone or PC.
Robin Moore is Program Coordinator for TGI's Oral Traditions program, and has written more than a dozen award-winning books, published by HarperCollins, Random House and Simon & Schuster. This is his first foray into epublishing with Amazon.
"I believe that ebooks are the wave of the future," Robin says. "Digital books have already surpassed print book sales. The digital revolution is going to have a huge impact on the way we read, write and regard the interface between the spoken and written word. I am looking forward to introducing colleagues to this new way of working in our upcoming OT Writer's Cohort. TGI has always been on the cutting edge of emerging ideas. Epublishing opens the floodgates and allows information, insight and inspiration to flow freely between writers and their readers."
Click here to download your free copy!