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Getting Started
Digging In
Conference-Call Classes With Linda

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Getting Started

Exploring The Basics Of PW

A 6-week series of conference-calls in private consultation with a PW teacher. One hour weekly.

This series is for anyone wishing to establish, sustain, and deepen a Proprioceptive Writing practice. In The Basics you and your teacher explore elements of the Proprioceptive Writing method through the lens of your Writes. In response to your Writes, your PW teacher stimulates inquiry into your own thinking.

Students are encouraged to have at least 3-5 Writes each week. They email one or two Writes weekly, followed 3 days later by a scheduled conference-call.

At least two consecutive rounds of this class are recommended before moving on to other work.

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Ongoing PW Coaching

A 6-week series of conference-calls in consultation with a PW teacher. Private or semi-private. One hour weekly.

In this 6-week series of conference-calls, a PW teacher works with you to help you maintain a successful PW practice.

Students are encouraged to have at least 3-5 Writes each week. They email one or two Writes weekly, followed 3 days later by a scheduled conference-call.

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Digging In

Exploring Assumptions Through The Guided Write

The following five 6-week units are opportunities to explore through Guided Writes some ordinary assumptions about universal experience such as: being the child of a mother (or mother-substitute), being yourself, belonging to a sex-gender, having consciousness. Since personal experience can be organized within these categories, investigating their inherent assumptions can be eye opening. Outside material may be introduced into each unit.

Participants engage with the subjects through Writes and in weekly Conference-calls with a PW teacher.



Playing With The Guided Write

With Anne Bright, Tuesdays, 7-9 PM ET, 1/6 – 2/10

The purpose of this unit is to experiment with the form of the Guided Write in order to feel comfortable working with it. A Guided Write requires that you use the Proprioceptive Question (PQ) to hold your focus with light reins on a subject area you wish to investigate. In this unit, you may decide to investigate personal material such as your relationship to your mother or your job; or you may examine terms frequently used in the Proprioceptive Method such as The Hearing Intelligence, the Many Speaking Voices, and The Auditory Imagination.

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The Hearing Intelligence & The Many Speaking Voices

Thursdays, 7-9 PM ET, 1/8 – 2/12

Mostly people conceive of understanding more in terms of “seeing” than of “hearing.” (Think of the phrase, “I see what you mean,” or the idea of “perspective” or “point of view.”) Experientially, however, the sense of sound is the one consciousness most resembles. Like sound, consciousness penetrates and resonates.
 
This unit explores the concepts of The Hearing Intelligence and The Many Speaking Voices, PW terms that signify thinking (including feelings and emotions) as a play of inner voices, which may be heard in imagination. These concepts provide a whole new way of approaching your inner life.


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The Sense of Self & the Mother Dance

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In this unit, we investigate the relationship between the mother (or mother-substitute) and her daughter or son, given the patriarchal arrangement. We ask, What sets the sense of self in motion? Or, as D.W. Winnicott put it, “When does a self begin?” We model this sense on the communication system between mother and infant, as posited by Winnicott. We re-imagine Winnicott’s concept of the “good enough mother” as the Hearing Intelligence and explore personal experience from this shifted perspective.



The Influence of Gender on Subjective Experience

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It may seem obvious that sex/gender (like race, class, age, nationality, ethnicity…) influences your inner experience of yourself. Of the great social powers shaping your mind, gender is one of the most powerful. Yet coming face to face with this influence in your own Writes can be enlightening. In the company of a few key feminist thinkers, in this unit you look into your subjective experience of sex/gender and question some basic assumptions.






Proprioception, A New Model of Consciousness

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Like the body, the mind operates according to certain rules, has built-in structures, so to speak, that maximize its operation. One such mental structure is an internal communication system by which the mind senses its own thoughts and feelings. If the mind’s internal communication system fails to operate, one may feel invisible or lost to oneself. This has been referred to as an identity crisis, a painful psychological condition sometimes lasting a lifetime. Whereas, when the mind’s internal communication system is doing its job, your sense of yourself develops and matures.





Conference-Call Classes With Linda

This is an opportunity for experienced PW practitioners to gain the benefits of a live PW teaching in a small gathering on the phone in which participants easily recognize each other by voice. In each 2-hour session you read your Write and listen to others read theirs. Linda responds fully to each Write, engaging writers in discussion when useful.

There are currently two separate conference call classes. One meets on Tuesday evenings and another class meets on Wednesday evenings. Though organized in consecutive 6-week units, both of these classes are ongoing and open to newcomers as space becomes available.

For more information and to register, contact Linda