Discover the connections between the senses, movement, and imagination and unlock your voice as a writer.


Explore the connections between your thought, movement, and imagination and melt stubborn creative blocks.

Bypass anxiety and discover ease in all stages of writing, including rewriting.

Leave with specific guidelines and products to integrate the practice into your writing life.

 
 

What is Sense Writing?

Sense Writing is a ground-breaking approach to creative writing that helps you find your intrinsic capacity for creative flow. Learn to work with your body and nervous system to uncover richer processes of artistic discovery and get to the core of your craft.

Sense Writing has been taught at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Kripalu Retreat and New York's Open Center. Start with Sense Writing I: Memory, Life Stories, and Fiction, and continue with Sense Writing II & III.

  • Kent’s Sense Writing workshop challenged struggle’s worth and reminded me of the original impulse that led me to make my life about writing.
    — Elephant Journal
  • Once I experienced this flow, I understood what my friend meant when she said Sense Writing changed everything for her.
    — Iva Radivojevic, Filmmaker, Guggenheim Recipient
  • The Sense Writing workshops access a profundity that other writing workshops have rarely attained at this level.
    — Raluca Albu, Fiction Editor, Bomb Magazine
  • Okay, what's a less dramatic way of telling you that this class has changed my life?
    — Olga Kreimer, M.A. Candidate, University of Montana Journalism School, Los Angeles Review of Books Contributor
All workshops led by Sense Writing's Developer Madelyn Kent, former Lecturer in Creative Writing at NYU. Contact her with any questions: Madelyn@sensewriting.org

All workshops led by Sense Writing's Developer Madelyn Kent, former Lecturer in Creative Writing at NYU. Contact her with any questions: Madelyn@sensewriting.org


All Workshops in Park Slope, Brooklyn

 

Sense Writing I: Memory, Life Stories, and Fiction

A Two-Day Workshop

October 21 & 22 (3 spots left)

For everyone. Sense Writing I is a prerequisite for all other workshops. For writers of all levels and genres.

In a supportive environment that integrates accessible physical and writing exercises, you will learn to calm your nervous system, find lightness in your body, and mine your imagination, all while connecting to the core of your craft. Sense Writing frees you from the thoughts you think you “should” be thinking so you learn to create without anxiety. 

  • Work with the nervous system to interrupt body and language patterns that inhibit writing
  • Find pleasure in all the stages of writing
  • Refine your craft
  • Complete two pieces of memoir and/or fiction.

Includes written feedback of your work by Madelyn.

Dates:

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 12:30-5:00
Location: 368 5th Street, Park Slope

 

 

 


Advanced Workshops

 

Sense Writing II: Making Connections

A Two-Day Workshop October 28 & 29

Open to those who have taken Sense Writing I.

In this workshop, you will learn how to sustain larger pieces-- without struggle. By working deeply with the first two principles of Sense Writing:

  • Learn to listen to and expand your own writing by uncovering connections within your work
  • Identify and develop the inherent elements of craft that are forming within your writing
  • Clarify your creative goals and work towards them effectively and with ease in and out of the classroom.

Writers will complete 2-3 stories of non-fiction, fiction, or both. If they haven't yet, by the end of Sense Writing II, participants will have landed on a specific project. This class prepares students for Sense Writing III: The Workshop, where writers will be working toward a larger piece (a novel, collection of stories, play, or screenplay) in their chosen genre.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29, 12:30-6:00
Location: Yogasana, 118 3rd Avenue, Park Slope


Sense Writing III: The Workshop

5-sessions starting October 19

An ongoing workshop for those who have completed Sense Writing II.  Repeat the workshop as often as it fits your creative goals. 

Now that you have the practice in your bones, this workshop allows you to spiral through all four principles of Sense Writing while working towards larger pieces without feeling over-whelmed. The series is designed so that by the end of your first iteration of Sense Writing III, you will be working towards a collection of shorter works or a longer piece in your chosen genre (for example, a collection of short stories or a screenplay) with a sense of ease and trust.  Know where you are going while still remaining open to the process.

Dates: Thursdays, October 19-November 16, 7:00-9:30, Location: 368 5th Street, Park Slope


How to Registration

Sense Writing I: $300

Sense Writing II: $360

Sense Writing III: $420.

  • A $100 deposit reserves your spot in each class. Pay by PayPal below or request an invoice payable by any credit card by contacting Madelyn.
  • Sign up for two courses and save 15%.
  • All workshop fees include a Sense Writing Training© recording designed to help you continue your practice at home.

Sense Writing I- $300
Sense Writing II- $360
Sense Writing III- $420
 

Other Courses:

Los Angeles in November, TBA

Los Angeles in November, TBA