The Interior Journey: Reading and Writing as Spiritual Practice

02/20/2012 - 04/02/2012

Meets Mondays, February 20 through April 2
from 6 to 8 p.m.
(no class on March 12) 

We will explore memoir and journaling as means of deepening our writing and our interior life, and discuss how reading and research can provide a foundation for and complement the contemplative experience. We will devote particular attention to vivid figurative language as a way of enriching our encounter with the world, on and off the page. We will consider the calendar, as our meetings lead up to and embrace the great markers of rebirth and renewal—the vernal equinox and its religious correspondents Easter and Passover. As inspiration and model for our writing, we will work from a course reader with selections from Anne Lamott, Flannery O’Connor, Martin Buber, Patricia Hampl, Francine Prose, N. Scott Momaday, Patti Smith, Marilynne Robinson, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Suzuki Roshi, as well as the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. This writing workshop arises from a conviction that at their foundation our contemporary challenges are ethical, philosophical, moral, and spiritual.

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$180 + $10 course material fee
Arizona Board of Regents