Discover how the act of writing can unify the body and mind.
Sense Writing is an innovative and pragmatic approach to the creative process that merges the principles of Somatic Education with the art of writing.
Sense Writing works on a multiplicity of levels: Craft, Process, and Practice.
Sense Writing teaches you how to work with your nervous system to unlock your creative voice. While you are writing your stories or plays or screenplays and developing your craft, you are simultaneously engaging in a process that reveals how your creative intelligence works. Through the refinement of this ebb and flow of craft and process, your writing practice becomes more pleasurable, buoyant, and sustainable.
For the first time, principles of Somatic Education and Neuroplaticity are being merged with the writing process, allowing you to train your nervous systems away from habits of anxiety and blocks.
Evidence shows that every time you sense, imagine, or move in the world, neuronal loops are activated in the brain reinforcing old patterns-- or making new connections. With over one hundred writing and movement sequences, Sense Writing "brings blood" to the delicate connections among our senses, imagination, and movement, allowing you to find new connections and increase our creative flow.
Rather than being a sort of dryly reductive, mechanistic brain-thing, Sense Writing has the effect of opening up your writing, bringing you into greater contact with the mysteries of your own writing. So by brushing up (a little cautiously) against neuroscience, you get closer to the shifting clearings and obscurities of your imagination.
Uncover the efficacy of pleasure.
What are the four principles or “modules” of Sense Writing?
Sense Writing is taught in a series of three levels (I-III) that take you through the four modules of the approach. The first module is taught in Sense Writing I: Memory, Life Stories and Fiction, the second in Sense Writing II: Making Connections, and the last two are introduced in Sense Writing III: The Masterclass, a repeating workshop which spirals through all four principles.
Module I: Constraints and Freedom
We often hear about “freedom from constraint” but in this practice, this means actually using constraints to get to a sense of openness. This may seem at first paradoxical, but as one student writes: “What I love about Sense Writing is the imposition of restraint to allow freedom. How doing less frees up the energy to flow more.” That is the beauty of constraints.
Module II: Differentiation and Integration
Another paradox: when we take the time to go deeper and differentiate specific aspects of our writing, we allow those things to clarify and refine. Then when we return to write the scene as a whole, we find that all the pieces come together, integrated and with ease.
Module III: Articulated Sensitivity
When people cannot feel what they are doing in their senses, movements, thoughts and emotions, they cannot discover where they are-- in any landscape, real or imagined. What happens when we articulate sensitivity in all these areas? Though this principle is a major part of all the modules, we go deeper into unexpected variables in our writing in this module, letting our writing landscape open up into vastness.
Module IV: Non-Habitual Flow
Habits often eliminate the opportunity to discover. By coming to our work in non-habitual and sometimes indirect-- and playful-- ways, we can begin to dissolve “normal” clumps of our writing habits, make new choices, and get closer to our own voice.