• June 7, 2013
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 06/07/2013 06/07/2013 America/Los_Angeles Writing and the Inner Life The aim of this conference is to support the process of the times we need to go inside, find, and reconnect with what truly engages us as writers. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

FEATURING...Jean Shinoda Bolen, Charlie Varon, Susan Griffin, Polly Campbell, & Mollie Glick

Language as a Divining Rod

I created the program Writing and the Inner Life for myself and others like me. As a writer, I have, at times, been in 'flow state' and the words and images are sure and strong. At other times, I've been 'stuck,' and writing is difficult -something that tugs at my sleeve and I ignore. When my writing bogs down, it's often because I've lost touch with myself and my passions. What do I believe? Love? Fear? Need to explore? When the impasse lifts, and I find that channel again, I feel, hear, know what story clamors to be told. Most writers experience arid patches, when the well runs dry. Those are the times we need to go inside, find, and reconnect with what truly engages us. The aim of this workshop is to support that process.

Lynne Kaufman, M.A. is a nationally award winning playwright. Her fifteen full-length plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC, among other cities. She has also published three novels and dozens of short stories. She teaches writing at OLLI UC Berkeley and OLLI Dominican, This year she had two plays produced in San Francisco: ACID TEST:THE MANY INCARNATIONS OF RAM DASS at The Marsh Theatre and THE COUCH at The Tides Theatre. Her website is www.Lynnekaufman.com


From Conception to Delivery: Giving Birth to a New Book
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Friday, June 7, 7:00PM-9:00PM

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I think of my writing as giving form to feelings and intuition that grow from a seed idea. I get pregnant with a new book. My books occupy very different sections in bookstores and libraries: Women, Men, spirituality, psychology, pilgrimage, trees, opera, illness, circles. The common threads are synchronicity and archetypes, authenticity, individuation, relationships, and lately-heart-centered activism. Love, hope, imagination, perseverance, optimism, absorption, and commitment are the ingredients of creativity and craft which writing is. This talk is an opportunity to reflect as a Jungian analyst upon one major thread in my life and also to use it as a teaching story about what I am learning along the way: about writing and life.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, author and activist, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and former clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF. She is an internationally known speaker and the author of twelve influential books in over eighty foreign translations, beginning with The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, and Gods in Everyman; her last four books, including Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World, and Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet bring together the inner world of archetypes and symbols with activism in the world. Website: www.jeanbolen.com


Say What You Mean Before You Die
Charlie Varon
Saturday, June 8, 10:00AM-1:00PM

The world is not set up for artists to complete the deepest work they are capable of. A few thoughts and techniques to improve the odds.

Charlie Varon's award-winning plays - all created in collaboration with David Ford - have enjoyed extended runs at San Francisco's Marsh Theater and traveled around the US. These include Rush Limbaugh in Night School (1994; revived 2004), The People's Violin (2000), and Rabbi Sam (2009), which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the year's 10 best plays and which Rabbi Dan Goldblatt calls "the most important Jewish play of our time." Charlie's current project is a cycle of short stories he's writing for both stage and page called The Listener, about elderly Jews living at a retirement home in San Francisco. As collaborator/director, Charlie has worked with Dan Hoyle since 2004, on his hit solo shows Circumnavigator, Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans, which have all enjoyed extended runs in San Francisco and toured nationally. Charlie is active in his synagogue, Or Shalom, and credits the four-year journey of creating and performing Rabbi Sam with prompting him to originate, in collaboration with Rabbi Katie Mizrahi, a new spiritual form called the News Minyan. Charlie's website is www.charlievaron.com.

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