The Writer’s Garden w/ Shayna Shanes

7-8:30pm, weekly Thursday beginning in January 2019 in the KNOWING room.

The Writer’s Garden is a community for writers of all levels of experience to plant and grow their skills. Our time will be spent freewriting, talking about craft, and sharing feedback on each other’s work. We will practice trust in our creative mind, drawing truth from the senses and art from our dreams. This is a community where everyone’s work will be taken seriously and supported as well as a place to create and have fun! Additionally, we will be reading from Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones” and other works. Please bring something to write on, a notebook or laptop.

Facilitator: Shayna Shanes is the sort of writer and poet who keeps her day job. Alone and hiding in the dark of night, especially if it’s raining hard, she admits to herself she may never finish her novel, but isn’t that kind of desperate ambition just the manifestation of a corrupted ego? The kind of war against nirvana she read about in that 50 cent Zen Buddhist book from the thrift store? A book, like all other books by the way, written by a writer who can actually finish a book and get it published and is therefore an annoyingly superior person! Petulance aside, she isn’t even Buddhist. But she’s interested in that too. I mean, interested in both Buddhism and writing. Shayna is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and lives on James Island.