Using Your Subconscious to Create Picture Books

June 5 - July 10, 2019
Wednesdays 6pm - 8:30pm Asheville, NC
(Five-week workshop - no class on July 4)

The Great Smokies Writing Program - University of North Carolina Asheville

Late winter moon - colorado BY LINDA LOWERY

Late winter moon - colorado

When we sleep, our internal critic sleeps, too.  As Stephen King says, sleep allows our minds “to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.” This children’s book workshop is for writers who want to tap into their subconscious minds to unleash fresh, surprising ideas and imaginative story directions.  We’ll cover practical techniques to remember dreams, keep effective dream journals, activate the mind’s waking “dream place”, and create stories fueled by dream themes and words.

Specifics of writing picture books are covered each week: prose text, rhythm and rhyme, style, pacing, reworking, and word count. Writers spend class time writing and rewriting, using their dream journals as compost. By the end of the course, writers will have completed one 24-page picture book text and have a collection of their intuitive prompts to use for future stories. This course requires at-home dream journaling practice.

Topics we’ll cover:
- Creative Sleep
- Keeping Effective Dream Journals
- Mining Dreams for Language, Themes and Stories
- Activating the Subconscious through Daydreams, Meditation and Music
- Tips from Authors who’ve used dreams as inspiration/compost for their work
(including Linda, who’s newest picture book Pants! was entirely inspired by a dream)

Date:    Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., June 5, 12, 19, 26, and July 10
Hanger Hall School for Girls, 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
Info & registration:    
(In-state tuition:$155.81)


LET IT FLOW:  Genius Creativity Strategies

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It’s the intuitive mind that drives creativity. Productive writers know this, and use all sorts of quirky games to keep their intuitions fueled and their work flowing authentically. This workshop is based on my own experience of learning how to disregard “writer’s block” and keep the spark ignited. I’ll share advice from well-loved geniuses including:
— Albert Einstein’s thoughts on “combinatory play”
— Ray Bradbury’s pattern-recognition lists
— Stephen King’s “story game”

Participants work on their current or potential projects throughout the course. They experiment with a technique from a different “genius” each week, see what their intuitive spirits uncover, and learn what works to keep the authenticity of their projects fueled and flowing. It’s Genius Playtime!

SOLSTICE angel by linda lowery

SOLSTICE angel by linda lowery