Photo: Keelan O’Hehir

Discover Your Inner Writer

Wednesday 11 January 2023 - Wednesday 11 January 2023

In this creative writing workshop with Maya Ward, you will engage with Peter Booth’s visionary nature-themed artworks to unlock intuitive writing techniques.

Discover stream-of-consciousness writing practices that bypass the internal critic and censor to access a state of creative flow and new ways of knowing.

Feel your perception shift as you uncover knowledge in the natural world. You will learn different ways of seeing, allowing for deep and surprising perspectives on nature, and techniques to overcome writer’s block.

This workshop process evolved from Maya’s PhD research where she investigated neuroscience-informed techniques to unlock the mystery of creative practices.

Your ticket includes exhibition entry, workshop, notebook, pen and a copy of Maya Ward’s book The Comfort of Water (RRP $20)

Wednesday 11 Jan 4.30–6.30pm

Workshop tickets are $20 per adult ($15 for members)

$5 for Yarra and Dandenong Ranges residents, thanks to Yarra Ranges Council

About Maya Ward

Maya has worked for over 30 years to deepen belonging and connection to place through writing, moving, designing, planting and teaching. Her PhD in Creative Writing explored the embodied experience of the alive world, otherwise known as the archetypal or imaginal realm. Her research ranged across neuroscience, somatics, psychology and shamanistic metaphysics.

Her memoir, The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage, published by Transit Lounge, is an account of her 21-day journey from the sea to the source of the Yarra River, following the length of a Wurundjeri songline. This book has been on the curriculum in universities around Australia and was shortlisted by State Library Victoria for the 2012 Year of Reading Award. Her writing has also been featured in a variety of publications, including a chapter in the book series Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, edited by Robin Wall Kimmerer and others.

Maya has a Masters in Education (Social Ecology) and has undertaken undergraduate studies in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


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