The Nashville Writing and Performance Institute announces a Pop-Up Writing Workshop with Nashville’s own Minton Sparks.
Burn Through Your Story: Come set your story on fire. Stay tuned for upcoming workshop events.
WRITING WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to your own story.
During this 3-day writing and performance workshop, you will focus on the questions “Where are you from?” and “How does where you are from inform the definition of who you are?” while writing your own stories, exploring your family tree, studying storytelling techniques and learning from Minton’s own work and experience. Minton will then guide you through using your stories to create various poems, pictures, and performances.
No writing or performance experience necessary.
INHABITING THE BODY AND SOUL OF YOUR STORY: A YEARLONG QUEST WITH MINTON SPARKS AND JANE HOUSE
You are invited to join a circle of Soul Questers for 2019 where we will celebrate the feminine capacity for communion with the mysterious. Honoring any limitations of the physical body while never forgetting the limitlessness of the Spirit. Find your inner balance through writing and yoga!
How might an intimate circle of like-minded soul seekers hold your story while it transforms? We will have your back so that you can create something unimaginable. The body is a doorway and the Art is sitting there holding it’s breath waiting to find the light of day.
- Our first weekend was February 1-3, at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee where we studied with questing expert Melea Seward from Brooklyn, NY.
- The second weekend was March 22-24 at the stunning Gray Bear Lodge in Hohenwald, Tennessee.
- The third meeting is July 12-14 at Scarritt Bennett.
- The fourth meeting will be a Vision Quest at a TBD site.
Minton Sparks is an internationally celebrated performance artist who also is the founder of the Nashville Writing and Performance Institute. She has been teaching writing and performance for 20 years. Minton has opened for Punch Brothers, Nanci Griffith, Ben Folds, and John Prine. She’s been a part of the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center (NYC) and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry here in Nashville. She is the featured teller at the 2019 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. To learn more about Minton, click here.
Jane House has been working, training and nourishing her interest in the realm of embodiment arts for over 20 years. She holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University, and has completed a thesis titled ‘The Yoga of Embodiment’- available for (free) download at janehouseyoga.com. In 2001, Jane co-founded a yoga school in San Francisco that became her home for teaching and learning for nearly a decade of her young adulthood. From years of devoted inquiry, Jane unfolded a practice that works to serve body, mind & soul herself– a gentle, self-guided approach to asana and breath that aims to wake up the body’s most intuitive and self-healing processes. To learn more about Jane, click here.
What to expect:
Writing is a birthright, a language into your truth. We will write. The doorway of imagination is the body. We will move. We will support you in writing your way into the next era of your life. Using breath, togetherness, movement, and the sound of our truest/deepest voice, we will work together as midwives to birth the next phase of your courageous journey.
Bird by bird – Anne Lemott
If You Want to Write – Brenda Ueland
Conscious Femininity – Marion Woodman
Theater of the imagination – Clarissa Pinkola Estes on Sounds True
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Soul Quest 2019” if you are interested or have any questions about this incredible opportunity.
“Minton will dare you. Because she knows you can and because she wants you to shine. Because of Minton, I’ve rediscovered the theatrical part of myself I’d set aside for no other reason than because adults don’t act like that. She saw an abandoned side of me, pointed at her, said, ‘Honey, come on up here.’ If you let her, Minton will resurrect you.” – Regina
“Minton leans into everything she does with humor and humility, a rare treat to find in a teacher. She is talented beyond the stratosphere and helped me to see how I was too. You can’t walk away from her classes without feeling that anything is possible through the means of writing and telling a story.” – Jodi
“Being in one of Minton’s classes or workshops is an opportunity not to be missed. Her talent is endless but her warmth and humor and insight – her ability to draw the best from you – is a rare talent.” – Dulcie
Date: May 31
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Event: “My Crazy Kin, Transform Your Family Stories into a Compelling Personal Narrative.” Flatwater Storytelling Festival
Location: Oak Ridge, TN
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