Writing the Sacred: A Psalm Writing Workshop

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: St. Paul’s-Eastern United Church
473 Cumberland, Ottawa
Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
Cost: Suggested Registration: $25 | Students: $10
For information or to register phone: 613-237-1821 

Ray McGinnis -  Writing the Sacred

Workshop leader Ray McGinnis brings a splendid range of writing exercises to spark your imagination. At this workshop, come play with words, come nurture your spirit as you learn ways to write your own new psalms. Explore how Psalm writing can deepen personal and spiritual growth.
Ray brings to this workshop simple step-by-step exercises to help you write a new psalm with ease. Come and explore the thin spaces where reflective writing and spirituality meet. This workshop is designed for both those who enjoy writing and those who have never put pen to paper. This is a workshop open to older children, youth and adults. Signed copies of Writing the Sacred will be available for sale during the workshop for those who wish to purchase a copy priced at $25.

Bio: Ray McGinnis is author of Writing the Sacred. He is a graduate of the Center for Christian Studies and is a former national staff person for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the United Church of Canada. He leads poetry workshops, prayer writing workshops, Psalm-writing workshops and journal writing workshops. A popular presenter, Ray has taught over 13,000 participants at writing workshops across North America.  His website is www.writetotheheart.com. He lives in Vancouver.

 

The Soul’s Language: Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.”

Anna Quindlen

Everyone is looking for something: security, adventure, peace, excitement, wisdom, love. We look all around us for the things we need. We look to nature, to people, to technology, to art, to God. But some things we cannot find outside of ourselves, no matter how hard we look. There are some questions that can only be answered from within. Most of us know this, instinctively, but we don’t know how to do it. How, exactly, do we turn and look within ourselves for the answers we cannot find in the world around us?

Anna Quindlen, and most every other author, might say, “by writing.”

Writing – thoughtfully, creatively – is one of the great spiritual disciplines, often overlooked because it has become so common-place and is used for so many other, less profound, purposes. So, please join us as we reclaim creative writing as a spiritual practice. Faith and Arts Ottawa is about to offer a four-week creative writing workshop, open to anyone who is interested in exploring how writing can be a path to connecting to the sacred within. Here are the details.

THE SOUL’S LANGUAGE: CREATIVE WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

WHY: Our lives are so stressful and full of activity that little time remains to connect with the voice of creativity within (our essence). Spiritual practices free up our internal voice so that our lives become more grounded and centred.

WHAT: The practice of creative writing (including poetry) can reveal our fullest capacities of heart and mind. This four-week workshop explores a variety of activities for accessing your most intimate and unobstructed voice. It is open to anyone who would like to explore writing/poetry as a path to connecting with the sacred within.

WHEN: Four Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, November 15 – December 6, 2012.

WHERE: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (Bank and Aylmer) in Room 5.

Registration fee is $50.00 for the series (or sliding scale). To inquire or register: info@faithandartsottawa.org or http://www.faithandartsottawa.org.

Here’s a link to a poster with more information: Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice