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Writing in Flow

According to conventional wisdom, there are three types of writers: The Inspirationed Writer, The Prepared Writer and the Butt-in-the-Chair Writer. I have made a portion of my living from the written word since 1978 and, in my time, I have been each of those writers. Each style has its pros and cons. Let's take a closer look:The Inspir...
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Join us for a free workshop on Writing in Flow

Robin-Dr.-C.JPGWhen 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

When the writing process is going well, we enter a state of relaxed awareness which 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. 
Whether we are beginning writers or seasoned pros, we can all can benefit by learning these tried-and-true writing techniques which will enable us to break through our creative blocks and be the kind of writers we were meant to be. 
 
 
Bring a pen, a tablet of paper and an open mind. 
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William Giraldi Offers Reading and Discussion of His Debut Novel, "Busy Monsters"

William Giraldi Offers Reading and Discussion of His Debut  Novel, "Busy Monsters"
William Giraldi’s Busy Monsters was one of Salon's Favorite Books of 2011, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Pick, and a Time-Out New York Critic's Pick.
"Comedy, satire, farce, language . . . Busy Monsters has the kind of agenda that gives heft to the picaresque novels from which it is derived." — The New York Times Book Review
Echoing a narrative tradition that includes Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, William Giraldi’s Busy Monsters is a visionary, modern-day love story of linguistic bravado that explores American excess, the diaphanous line between the fictions and the facts, and what desperate men and women will do to one another in times of upheaval. Like the most lasting comic fiction, this debut novel brilliantly juxtaposes hilarity with the painful, tragic reality that is our human spectacle.
"Not a debut that enters the literary scene blushing. This book shouts: it’s linguistically playful to the point of hyperactivity, yet self-consciously attempts to place itself in the American canon."—Financial Times
"Supernaturally strange . . . featuring aliens, Sasquatch, and a go-for-broke, funny-as-hell narrator."  —New York Magazine
"The prose is electric . . . Genius." —Poets & Writers
William Giraldi’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford American, The Wall Street Journal, The Believer, Kenyon Review, and Poets & Writers, among others. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. 

Join us on Saturday, April 5 for a reading and discussion with author William Giraldi, on his debut novel Busy Monsters. The reading will take place at TGI from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and is free and open to all. Copies of Busy Monsters will be available for signing at a discounted price of $10. RSVP on our Events Page

Echoing a narrative tradition that includes Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, Busy Monsters is a visionary, modern-day love story of linguistic bravado that explores American excess, the diaphanous line between the fictions and the facts, and what desperate men and women will do to one another in times of upheaval. Like the most lasting comic fiction, this debut novel brilliantly juxtaposes hilarity with the painful, tragic reality that is our human spectacle.
 
 
Busy Monsters was one of Salon's Favorite Books of 2011, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Pick, and a Time-Out New York Critic's Pick.

"Comedy, satire, farce, language . . . Busy Monsters has the kind of agenda that gives heft to the picaresque novels from which it is derived." — The New York Times Book Review

"Not a debut that enters the literary scene blushing. This book shouts: it’s linguistically playful to the point of hyperactivity, yet self-consciously attempts to place itself in the American canon."—Financial Times
 
"Supernaturally strange . . . featuring aliens, Sasquatch, and a go-for-broke, funny-as-hell narrator."  —New York Magazine
 
"The prose is electric . . . Genius." —Poets & Writers
 
William Giraldi’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford American, The Wall Street Journal, The Believer, Kenyon Review, and Poets & Writers, among others. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University and serves as visiting faculty in TGI's MA in Writing and Oral Tradition program. Visit him online at www.williamgiraldi.com and www.busymonsters.com
 
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Have You Always Wanted to Publish a Book?

Thanks to the rapidly-emerging field of e-publishing, getting your book out before a world-wide audience is easier than ever. 
 
Join veteran author and publisher Robin Moore for a revealing look at the process and practice of shaping your writing project into a successful e-book. Robin will show you how you can use this new technology to make your publishing dreams a reality. 
 
This free workshop is offered at The Graduate Institute (171 Amity Road in Bethany) on Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 9 pm. 
 
Robin has made his living for more than 30 years as an author and storyteller. His children's books have been published by the world's largest publishers and by his own independent publishing house, Groundhog Press. In the last year, he has converted 13 of his most popular books to e-book format on the Amazon.com platform. Robin is also the facilitator for The Graduate Institute's ePublishing Center, and Program Coordinator of the Master of Arts program in Writing and Oral Tradition. 
 
The MA in Writing and Oral Tradition offers a unique and highly effective approach to helping emerging writers develop their authentic voice and create compelling written work. Students become part of a close-knit writing community and develop projects in the genres of memoir, poetry, children’s literature, short story, non-fiction, screenplay, and more. Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday night and Saturday) in Bethany and are beginning May 2. 

Thanks to the rapidly-emerging field of e-publishing, getting your book out before a world-wide audience is easier than ever.

Join veteran author and publisher Robin Moore for a revealing look at the process and practice of shaping your writing project into a successful e-book. Robin will show you how you can use this new technology to make your publishing dreams a reality.

This free workshop is offered at TGI on Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 9 pm.

Robin has made his living for more than 30 years as an author and storyteller. His children's books have been published by the world's largest publishers and by his own independent publishing house, Groundhog Press. In the last year, he has converted 13 of his most popular books to e-book format on the Amazon.com platform. Robin is also the facilitator for TGI's ePublishing Center, and Program Coordinator of the Master of Arts program in Writing and Oral Tradition.

The MA in Writing and Oral Tradition offers a unique and highly effective approach to helping emerging writers develop their authentic voice and create compelling written work. Students become part of a close-knit writing community and develop projects in the genres of memoir, poetry, children’s literature, short story, non-fiction, screenplay, and more. Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday night and Saturday) in Bethany and are beginning May 2.

RSVP for the workshop on our Events Page.

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The Hero's Journey and the Writing Process

“The effect of the successful adventure of the hero is the unlocking and release again of the flow of life into the body of the world.” 

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces 

Since the beginning of my tenure as a colleague (i.e. student) in The Graduate Institute’s Oral Traditions program, I have been fascinated by the Hero’s Journey – the idea that there is one universal story in which all narrative finds its source.  From the Odyssey to American classics like The Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird, to Star Wars and Harry Potter, the Hero’s Journey is deeply embedded in the modern psyche and in the mythology of our culture.  

What drew me to this concept, at least initially, was the notion that we are all Heroes – that by virtue of our identity as individuals, we each inherit a journey that is ours alone and can only be lived singularly.  Yet the crux of the Hero’s Journey is that it is simultaneously ubiquitous. Since the dawn of humanity, there are infinite manifestations of Hero’s Journeys being lived and recorded across time and culture. In my own secondary research, I examined the Hero’s Journey in young adult literature – the genre in which much of my writing is focused.  Here I discovered this tradition alive and well across multiple genres and cultural traditions. 

I also learned how exploring the metaphorical resonance of the Hero’s Journey serves as a powerful exercise in understanding the transformation inherent in our lives.  In its pattern of separation, initiation, return and ultimately, rebirth, the Hero’s Journey mirrors the cycle of life.  On a more nuanced level, it also reflects the phases of an individual’s inner growth – revealing important developments in the creative, spiritual, and emotional processes that promote self awareness and self actualization.  

For the writer, the Hero’s Journey is very much a poignant metaphor.  The writing process itself demands isolation.  It requires that the writer step out of the comfort of ordinary life, embrace the confusion of the unknown, reconcile thoughts and emotions that are both supportive and threatening, and ultimately create a work of art through which the writer herself is forever changed.  However in embarking upon this creative and often maddening process, there is much learning to be garnered in turning to the guidance of the collective writing community.  In engaging in such community, and in studying the great works of literature in both present and past, a writer can start to glimpse the universality of her experience, her process, and her craft.

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