Everything, Everywhere, all at Once

Storytellers have the purpose of reconnecting us to ourselves and and exploring our place in the world.  Stories emerged from themes found in science and philosophy add depth and ignite the creative imagination of possibility.

We’ve barely begun to understand our place in the cosmos. As we continue to look out from our planet and contemplate the nature of reality, we should remember that there is a mystery right here where we stand, and that mystery informs our stories, bringing them to life.  Author and music producer Rick Rubin reminds us  – we are dealing in a magic realm. Nobody knows why or how it works.  But that doesn’t stop scientists, philosophers and storytellers to keep exploring and mining these realms.

Max Planck insisted that science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature… because… we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.

 

It’s not unusual for science to catch up to art, eventually.

Nor is it unusual for art to catch up to the spiritual.   

-Rick Rubin

Science and art – intrisically entwined

We look for clues to this life everywhere, and science and philosophy hold many clues, intersecting with every story we write. When we look at time as linear, life can appear to be confusing, but if we study time through the lens of science or dreams, we understand our stories don’t have to be linear, because life often is not. When my granddaughter was three, she asked me if I remembered tomorrow, and I said of course, and you were always in my tomorrow, even before you were born.

Science, philosophy and my own dreams have allowed this to be true, and it enters my stories and enriches them. Some of the most creative minds in the world were also scientific geniuses, because science helps writers think outside the ordinary and challenge traditional assumptions, including our own. Truly original thought patterns emerge by us questioning everything we know for sure, and taking Literary Leaps in our content and story structure.

 

You are the True Instrument to your Story

No matter what tools you use to create, the true instrument is you, your life and the lens you use to view that life. Through you, the universe that surrounds you – the atoms, the molecules, the matter – it all comes into focus by showing up for your life and your story. The act of writing your story is an attempt to enter a mysterious realm.  Using science and philosophy we embrace mysteries that may be beyond our complete understanding. Story becomes a portal to an unseen world, one we are a part Exceptional writing is fundamentally the product of exceptional thinking.   

 

“Integrating sciences and the humanities is simply a way of talking,

about bringing all of who we are to all that the world is.

We can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside. 


― Arthur Zajonc

Example of topic explored in the 6- session course*:

Chaos

We are currently living On the Verge – in a time of extreme world chaos, and we can’t ignore the chaos in our lives that shaped us and continues to shape who we are. Chaos belongs in story. In this class, we will explore Chaos theory, and practice writing about those chaotic times in our lives, when we were On the Verge of something new and magnificent, but we couldn’t see it at the time through the Chaos.

Using Chaos Theory as the scientific language of instability, and when we expect the unexpected, we begin to embrace our unpredictable lives and stories In this class we will write to the transitions between order and disorder, which often occur in surprising ways.

Freeing our Memories

Science has proven over and over that our “episodic” memories are wildly inaccurate, which frees us to create stories that are mostly true, since finding accurate details and timelines isn’t possible. Though many swear by their memories, they are more stuck to the story than the reality. When we explore this truth, it frees us to write compelling stories and not freeze into a frame, but allow that frame to evolve and continue – to open your story an ever changing lens of memory, and to find your core truth and allow the details to fly.

The Slide Ruler of Time

Since the movie Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, which ignited something in most of us, time is seen as a sliding, fluid concept, not one that is necessarily linear, and scient supports the concept. What we do know is that Aristotle viewed the present as something continually changing and that by the year 160, the Roman emperor-philosopher Marcus Aurelius was describing time as a river of passing events. And in the West, at least, many would still identify with these ideas. But physics tells a different story. However much time feels like something that flows in one direction, some scientists beg to differ. Imagining the future is not much different than thinking about our past.

In this class we will explore the slip and slide of time in story, and how science can offer writers a new view of time to bring more magic into story.

 The Beauty of Uncertainty

Maria Papova wrote – The daily act of living is the act of chiseling destiny through choice — from the bedrock of all possible lives we could have had, we sculpt with our choices the one life we do have. Those choices can be difficult or easy, conscious or not, made for us or made by us, but whatever their nature, they require a leap into the unknown. “The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist,” Dani Shapiro wrote of the central task of the creative life, “is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.” Because every life is an act of self-creation, such is the job of each one of us, whether or not we self-identify as artists. In this class we will explore the uncertainty we live with daily and how that uncertainty shapes our choice.

Exploring the Darkness (Energy & Matter)

Dark energy is the name astrophycisists give the mysterious influence driving the accelerated expansion of the universe.   This is one of the biggest cosmic mysteries, and one that influences the way we feel about energy and darkness.  Darkness has a bad name, and yet most of the stuff that makes up our universe is completely invisible to us.  Light seems to go right through dark matter. This week, before closing with light and color, we will explore the mystery of all we cannot see, but can feel, and what if our personal expansion is part of the expansion of the universe?

A sample of the books used for this course include:

Writing through inspiration

while exploring craft  

The way we experience story is evolving with the language needed for the world we live inside. By participating in this live 6-week class series, you will have the opportunity to explore your story through the lens of love. 

LEARN IN A SMALL, LIVE GROUPS

Rick Rubin wrote “the synergy of a group is an important if not more important than the talent of the individuals.” Joining this writing community is like joining a group of beginning and published  writers who support and nurture each other’s creative process. Each week, writers take the live online (or in person on Kauai) class with the same 10 writers from all over the world,  writing together and sharing  stories in a 2 1/2 to three hour class.

What occurs weekly in each group is the most magical experience writers have had in groups anywhere.

Writers work closely together for six weeks, deeply bonding and supporting each other’s creative growth.

If anyone has to miss a week, they can audit the class with another live group on any day of the week, or opt to receive the class via Power Point.  Writers learn from the curriculum, but also from the positive  feedback received from other writers.  When we focus on what is good in writing, we develop an ear for inviting more of what is good.

CREATE CONTENT FOR A BODY OF WORK

This six-week course is especially compelling if you are working on a book, blog, poetry or a series of essays.  It’s a wonderful way to explore an event and learn how step by step to be in a deeper discovery for yourself and the readers.

Every writer in this group is respected and honored, so that not just the story is honored, but the whole process of writing a story or poem.

Many of our students have gone on to publication through this process of writing every week, and many of our writers are authors writing beside writers who are new to the practice. We all learn from each other’s work each week, and this course will help every writer go deeper to gain new perspectives for the sake of creating compelling work and upleveling the craft of storytelling and poetry.

 

INSPIRATION TO WRITE BOLD

This six- week series has been developed to inspire writers to go deepear into their personal truths and philosophies, by looking at memoirs breaking literary rules and inspiring us to explore the canvas of our stories through inspiring techniques and writing prompts.

Writers receive literary inspiration from science philosophy, spirituality on a theme each week, followed by writing warmups in the form of list making. Pre-writing exercises lead us into a longer thirteen minute write.

After we write, we share our stories and deeply listen with positive feedback.  Writers become part of a private Facebook writing community with other writers taking the same curriculum, where all writers have the opportunity to post their work and receive and offer feedback throughout the six week course.

Osho says, “When you listen attentively to somebody, you forget yourself. If you cannot forget yourself, you never listen. When you listen, you become just a passage, a passivity, a receptivity, a womb.” 

 

 

Educator: Laura Lentz, author

Laura Lentz is the author of  Freeing the Turkeys and STORYquest, the Writer, the Hero, the Journey. Laura teaches creative writing workshops online and on the north shore of Kauai for over a decade. Her workbook helps writers write to every stage of their story inspired by the Hero’s Journey through 12-weeks of writing prompts and examples out of best selling memoirs and poetry. Laura helps writers create content and expand their body of work through unique methods – offering challenging and thought provoking writing prompts inspired by list making, poetry, mythology and segments from literature.

Laura creates the curriculum for the 6-week writing workshops also taught by Guest Teachers.

Laura’s 6-week workshops are online and on the north shore of Kauai. Laura serves on the faculty of The Kauai Writers Conference, and is conducting a Master Class for writers who want to write in sacred places on Kauai and allow Kauai’s beauty to influence their work.

Educator: Robin Gadient, Poet

Meet Robin – Teaching Friday and Saturday

Robin Gadient just celebrated her third anniversary as a teacher with LIterati Academy. Robin is known for her intuitive feedback and love of story, her own essays and poetry. Robin has developed a following as both a writer and a teacher. Robin graduated from UCSB with a BA in literature. Robin has the uncanny ability to hold space for all writers and respond in a way that creates the needed energy to create her community within a larger community.

Laura creates the curriculum for the six week series taught by Robin.

Educator: Chris Armstrong 

Chris wants to know what you are reading, especially anything that expands our minds and hearts, which is almost everything! Her favorite genre is magical realism as those authors help us expand what we see all around us, and our own possibilities.  Chris reads good books twice — once for plot, and again for craft.  Chris’ avid listening skills and responding help writers create new content, gain confidence and share their stories out loud each week, growing the writing community at LITerati Academy.

Her vocations have always included words along with helping people step into their own power. After writing with Laura for almost three years, she sees now more than ever how stories connect us and lift us all up. She wants to hear the stories only you can tell!

Laura creates the curriculum for the 6-week writing workshop taught by Chris.

 

WEDNESDAY 4 P.M. PST –  CLASS ADDED – SPOTS OPEN! smile

Contact Laurawriter@me.com  if you need more information

Sunday Online

w/ Laura Lentz

AT CAPACITY

10:30 am PST / 1:30 pm EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –


6 sessions:

Jan. 21, 28,

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

$247.00

Thursday Online 

with Laura Lentz –

AT CAPACITY

4pm PST / 7pm EST
Class is 2 1/2 hours –

 6 sessions:

January 25, 

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

$247.00

Monday Online –

w/ Laura Lentz

AT CAPACTIY

4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST

Class series is 2 1/2 hours –


6 sessions:

January 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

$247.00

Monday Online

w/Laura Lentz as teacher

& Margaret Terry as Facilitator

AT CAPACITY

4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

6 sessions:

January 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

$247.00

Tuesday Online –

with Laura Lentz

AT CAPACTIY

4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST

Class series is 2 1/2 hours –


6 sessions:

January 23, 30

February 6, 13, 20, 27

$247.00

Wednesday Online

w/ Laura Laura – KAUAI Group

AT CAPACITY

5:30 pm Hawaii /7:30 pm PST

2 1/2 hour classes


6 sessions:

January 24, 31

February 7, 14, 21, 28

$247.00

Friday Online

with Robin Gadient

AT CAPACITY

11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST

. Class is 2 1/2 hours

 


6 sessions:

Jan. 26

Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar. 1

$247.00

Saturday Online 

with Robin Gadient

AT CAPACITY

10:30 am  PST / 1:30 p.m. EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

 

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6 sessions:

Jan. 27

Feb 3, 10, 17,  Mar. 2, 9

$247.00

smileWednesday Online 

with Chris Armstrong – 

3 SPOTS AVAILABLE

4 pm  PST /  p.m. EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

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6 sessions:

January 24, 31

February 7, 14, 21, 28

$247.00