GENERATING STORY IDEAS USING MINDFULNESS PRACTICES AND OTHER CREATIVE PROCESSES
Mindful practices (like seated/standing yoga poses, gentle movement, and deep breathing) offer a calming approach to the relationship between the body and the mind, and can encourage a state of creative “flow” that can support students of all talents and abilities. As a certified yoga teacher and creative writing instructor, Katherine leads participants through a very gentle seated and standing yoga practice, focused meditation, and writing, and drawing to create from a place of joy, rather than suffering.
This event is happening at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica (1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401). For directions, see information below**.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
E. KATHERINE KOTTARAS
E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, and now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true.
She is the author of the YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and the forthcoming THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen.
*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members
*Non-members pay the full amount
*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Best Possible Answer
AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check
Super-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks secret pictures of her to the entire school―pictures no one was ever meant to see. Making matters worse, her parents might be getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.
Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new circle of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous and intriguing guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again―trust. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.
E. Katherine Kottaras once again captures what it means to be a teenager in The Best Possible Answer.
**Getting TO CAMERA OBSCURA, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa MOnica
Note that we are just north of Broadway, as is Parking Structure 6... those pesky GPS devices can sometimes get confused!
Train: Expo terminus at 4th St/Colorado, 4 blocks away. Upon exiting the station go west on Colorado to Ocean Ave, cross the street to the Pier and turn right. We're in Palisades Park just past Broadway.
Parking (info: smgov.net/parking):
Bus: check Big Blue Bus and Metro.
Bike: Ride your bike (bring a lock) or utilize the Breeze Bike Share corral just south of us in the park.