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Prose Writing Workshop
February 3 @ 10:00 am - February 4 @ 2:30 pm$80
Author and memoirist Nick Jaina is coming back through New Mexico and stopping in our El Rito neighborhood north of Questa! Some of you may remember him from the house concert + reading + pancake morning hosted by Gaea McGahee a few years ago.
This February Gaea and the Questa Creative Council will host Nick’s prose writing workshop Saturday, Feb 3 and 4 from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Lunch is included.
Nick is an author and musician from Portland, Oregon and his first book, Get It While You Can, was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award. He teaches writing workshops around the country, offering an approach that includes magic, psychology, body movements, and whimsy. He has released several albums on HUSH Records and Fluff & Gravy Records. He also co-founded the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City. Here’s a recording of his song, I’ll Become Everything.
Here’s how Nick describes his offering. Prose writing workshops:
“Had I not created my own world, I most certainly would have died in other people’s.” – Anais Nin
Writing is magic and deserves the reverence and dignity we give to such things. Writing is also a personal discipline, not a competition, and it is much more than a means of gaining fame and recognition.
Nick Jaina’s writing workshops are devoted to going deeper with our writing, so that we can become better observers, better critical thinkers, and ultimately more balanced people. We can use writing to save our own lives and the lives of others. This is important work.
In small groups, Nick shares ideas on how to find inspiration, and works with the students on how to develop a kernel of an idea into a larger piece of writing. He gives prompts to generate personal stories, and helps the students find what is special and worth building on. This process will be focused on what is most important to the student, what they love in the world, and what they are frustrated with.
Nick holds a reverent space in his workshops. Students are encouraged to go deeper, find vulnerable areas, and be as honest as they can. The focus is on moving forward with writing, getting rid of the stories we tell ourselves about how we have nothing to say, or how the things we feel are not important. Nick gives time for listening and for reflection.
As Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason.”
Writing is for everyone, and the first step is showing up, to signal to the world that you want to be a conductor for good.
Gaea and the QCC