Photo: Keelan O’Hehir

Maya Ward: Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday 7 March 2024 - Thursday 7 March 2024

Unlock intuitive writing techniques! 

In this creative writing workshop with Maya Ward, you will engage with Brent Harris’ artworks within the exhibition Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch, which address experiences of the body and desire, faith (and the question of what follows death), and childhood memories.

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 of ancient and archetypal patterns in the human body and the world. You will learn different ways of seeing, allowing for deep and surprising perspectives on nature and culture, 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 entry to exhibition Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch, notebook, pen and refreshments. 

This popular workshop will sell out quickly!  

“The whole experience was terrific and I got a lot out of it. The exercises Maya did were a deep learning experience. I felt I was able to take away tools to be able to write” 

“Maya was a beautiful person to meet. She was generous with her time and knowledge. It was a pleasure to meet her.” 

“Loved the workshop. Very inspired to continue with the skills I’ve learnt” 

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. 

When: 3–5.30pm Thursday 7 March

Cost: $25 per adult ($20 Members)

Where: TarraWarra Museum of Art, Wurundjeri Country

Limited tickets. Bookings essential.

Entry to the exhibition and refreshments are included in your workshop ticket.

All materials supplied

Places are strictly limited to 12 people



Related exhibition

Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch

  • Past Exhibitions
  • 2 December 2023 - 11 March 2024
This exhibition, curated by Maria Zagala, explores the work of senior contemporary Australian artist Brent Harris. Moving between figuration and abstraction, Harris deploys both humour and the grotesque to examine psychological subject matter and visualise his complex and contradictory feelings. Indeed, the exhibition title refers to Harris’ interest in sociologist Kurt H. Wolff’s notion of […]
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