Combine the Art of Classical Qigong and Creative writing To Access a Compelling narrative Voice for Fiction or Memoir
February 23 to 29, 2016
Hotel Posada de las Monjas
San Miguel Allende, Mexico
Select the Morning or Afternoon Six-Day Workshop ($450) or Both ($750)
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.
“Master teacher Susan Brown is a fantastic and inspired writing instructor whom I invited to run three retreats for my advanced students. Susan has a natural gift for “seeing” a writer’s book, and I watched her hold over 20 projects in her head at one time.” Laura Davis, author of international bestseller, The Courage to Heal
For six days, leave everything else behind and live the examined life.
Combining these two practices—the spiritual power and wisdom of Classical Chinese mind/body work with the discovery of your most compelling narrative voice—will awaken in you a deep awareness of who you are as a person and a writer.
Be Inspired by the beauty and culture of San Miguel AllEnde
Voted the #1 city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is a small town nestled in the mountains of the Sierra Madre. Once an important city on the 16th Century silver trail, San Miguel has grown to be a major creative and cultural center in the heart of Mexico. There are many reasons why San Miguel has been labeled the “jewel” of Mexico.
"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.