In this workshop, we will use principles of meditation to get the most out of our work. Writing with a conscious awareness and an “empty mind” can result in surprising and fresh material. If your writing feels inauthentic, or you are stuck and don’t know how to proceed, learning to let go of your attachment to the outcome can not only be liberating, it can help you see the project to completion. We will use exercises and meditative practices to come up with new work and break through mental roadblocks. This workshop welcomes writers of all genres.
Andrés Carlstein received his M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow. He has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Yaddo Residency Fellow, and a Center of the West Fellow. His fiction has appeared in the Masters Review Anthology, Volume V and online in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. He is also the author of the nonfiction travelogue Odyssey to Ushuaia, a Motorcycling Adventure from New York to Tierra del Fuego. He is a Lecturer at the University of Iowa and is working on a novel, The Red Gaucho, which was a finalist for the Faulkner Society’s 2014 Novel-in-Progress Award.