Listening for Soul: Journal Writing as Contemplative Practice

When practiced with intention, journal writing can be an effective tool for greater self-awareness, a practice of deep personal inquiry. In this seminar, we’ll discover techniques for uncovering the inner lining of life’s major and minor happenings, getting a glimpse of the ways soul perceives and experiences the daily round. You’ll leave the session with more clarity about some aspect of your life and with new passion for transcribing your soul’s mythic journey, with all its deep longings and surprising joys.

Art and Archetype: Seeing the Pattern Beneath the Story

RESCHEDULED: Three Sessions: May 2, 9, 16. Heaven-Hell-Hero; Mother-Maiden-Crone; Sun-Moon-Stars—these motifs, and hundreds of others, make up the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. C. G. Jung understood archetypes to be the original patterns or prototypes through which we comprehend all experience—lenses through which we perceive and make sense of the world and tell stories about it. In this class, we’ll enrich our reading and writing lives by learning how writers and artists use the Hero’s Journey and other archetypal motifs in literature, film, and visual art.

Reader and Writer: Ten Ways to Enjoy the Party

Reading literature is a contact sport, an active conversation, a dance between author and reader that begins with what Virginia Woolf called “the twist and turn of the first sentences.” This presentation introduces ten basic principles for becoming more imaginative and active readers of published works as well as works-in-progress, including our own drafts and the drafts of our peers or students. We will look closely at several literary texts, both poetry and prose, and apply techniques such as close reading, imitation, attention to structural and linguistic patterns, and oral interpretation.

Shapeshifting: When Short Stories Become Films

What is the creative process by which a short story is transformed into a film? What accommodations, or even sacrifices, must a filmmaker make in order to remain faithful to the author’s original conception of the story? In this presentation, UNC Charlotte Film Studies instructor Sam Shapiro will discuss three stories (and their authors), and each story’s “reimagining” into film: Ambrose Bierce’s Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and Tobias Wolff’s Bullet in the Brain. Two films (Occurrence and Bullet) will be shown in their entirety, along with selected scenes from Bernice. Reading the stories in advance is recommended but not required.

Please note: specially-priced tickets for this class and film screening are $15 for one person, or bring a friend for just $5 more (choose the second ticket type below). We’ll provide the popcorn!

Let the Image Speak: Visual Journaling for Writers (and Everyone!)

Visual journals have become wildly popular as vehicles for discovering and expressing the aesthetic and feeling-toned aspects of our lives, expression that can be difficult for even the most gifted of writers. By using imagery instead of, or as an accompaniment to, more traditional journal techniques, we gain insight into the less verbal parts of ourselves and our experience—insight that can fuel new writing, and even more importantly, change the way we see the world.