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Writing the Deeper Story

October 03, 2014 – October 05, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Pam Houston, Albert Flynn DeSilver

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

The practice of writing is ultimately a practice toward deeper self-awareness and an exploration of consciousness. Writing the Deeper Story is an opportunity to explore personal identity and creativity using writing coupled with periods of mindfulness meditation.

Through periods of sitting meditation, writing exercises, readings, standing meditation, creative visualization, question-and-answer sessions, sharing, and discussion, we explore our innate creativity and experience deeper levels of awareness. We learn innovative writing prompts and techniques, discover ways to release writing blocks, cultivate depth and layers of emotional revelation in our writing, and touch the raw emotional core at the heart of creativity.

We return home with stronger writing skills and an expanded sense of our own divine being, as well as an extensive understanding of the connection between creativity and consciousness.


More Information

Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

  • A Little More About Me by Pam Houston
  • Contents May Have Shifted: A Novel by Pam Houston
  • Beamish Boy: A Memoir by Albert Flynn DeSilver
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Conversations Before the End of Time: Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal by Suzi Gablik, Editor
  • A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry by Czeslaw Milosz, Editor
  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest
  • A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life From An Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Pam Houston

Pam Houston, director of creative writing at University of California Davis, is author of two collections of linked short stories, two novels, and a collection of essays. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. pamhouston.wordpress.com

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver, author of Beamish Boy, served as the first poet laureate of Marin County, California, from 2008 to 2010. A teacher, speaker, and writing coach who focuses on writing as a path to awakening, he has practiced meditation for two decades and has taught in the teen and family program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2005. albertflynndesilver.com