Want a Reason?

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Your motivation: When you share your work, you are giving back to the community. Reading to an audience can be many things: a sacrifice, a vanity, a way to distance yourself from the suffocating intimacy of creation, an effortless performance, or an exhaustive act of will. We are social creatures, and learn by sharing. Whatever your reasons, however the act strikes you, share your art. Not everyone has a Lavinia Dickinson waiting in the eves. The world is better for your art.

Frequency OPEN MIC AND AUTHOR READING
DATE: Thursday, April 30th
TIME: 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street

FREE.

Now We Know

Inspiration is a funny thing, but recent efforts in neuroscience have begun to demystify the process (if not the product, which will forever remain wholly individual and unexpected; who knows why, when May writes about a cream factory, she is instantly reminded of her childhood show dog moss sculptures?) The brain is plastic, is shaped by its environment and experiences. Sit down with a mind to create regularly, and you’ll (by force of will and repetition) strengthen your “creative” neurological connections.

wash on the line by Zama Ree Do on Flickr

When You Don’t Feel It, Forget About Feelings

Malcolm Ashman

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.”  ― Maya Angelou

And while you’re playing mind games with your muse, try some mental manipulation. If invention is the mind’s misfire, the key to inspiration lies in self-deception:  http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

Writer’s Block

It has happened to all of us at one point or another. We have a project due tomorrow, but no matter how many times we sit down at the keyboard, the words just won’t come out. Or, alternatively, inspiration comes and you write feverishly for a half-hour only to come to a screeching halt when you hit a blank wall. Writer’s block is an affliction that has plagued every writer at some point, and everyone has their own special fix to get around it. Have a strategy that helps you in the worst of times? Leave a comment below and let’s get the conversation started!

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Head to This Tonight

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A Talk by Poet/Visual Artist Jen Bervin

When:Tuesday, April 7, 2015 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where:McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown Street Providence

Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin, well known for her work that blends language, writing, and the visual art, co-editor of “Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings,” will present a hybrid talk/reading on the intersection of art and writing as part of the Contemporary Writers Reading Series.Cost:freeContact:Literary Arts Program
401-863-3260  Link:www.brown.edu/cw