“Learning to teach PW has had a profound effect on every aspect of my life.”
Anyone who has read Writing the Mind Alive can host a group and introduce Proprioceptive Writing to others, (specific guidelines for doing so are given starting on page 164), but entering another’s consciousness by responding to her/his Writes in full, without additions or distortions, requires careful study and training in this simple yet radical approach to understanding consciousness.
This is the path toward understanding the Art of Teaching PW.
I Starting Out
The Art of Teaching PW begins with attention to one’s own practice. Those wishing to teach PW take at least two consecutive rounds of Exploring The Basics Of PW during which they have at least 5 Writes each week. The centerpiece of PW is the exploration of one’s own consciousness through Writes. Through your PW practice you learn to focus attention, expand your expressive/reflective capacities, and develop confidence in the inherent creativity of your mind.
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II Digging In
The five courses listed under Exploring Assumptions Through The Guided Write, explore the intellectual underpinnings of PW practice and help you apply these ideas. You grapple with these concepts and principles by investigating their personal meaning to you through Guided Writes, and in this way make them your own. Those who wish to go on to the next phase of the teaching program have at least 3-5 Guided Writes per week during each six week session.
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III The Art of Teaching PW
This phase of the program is focused on entering another’s consciousness by responding to her/his Writes in full, without additions or distortions.
A Study of Writing the Mind Alive through Guided Writes
With a PW teacher to guide you, you use Guided Writes to explore key ideas in Writing the Mind Alive, the basic PW text. Your PW teacher will suggest topics for Writes, and together you will explore the thought behind the practice, as outlined, theorized, and illustrated in the book written by PW’s founders.
This work takes place over three six-week sessions privately or in small groups.
Studying Writes Through Guided Writes
The Write is an entry into consciousness. It’s an oral document (something that may be vocalized or heard in imagination) as well as a written one (something that may be reread). You “study” it by imagining yourself listening to it and making sense of what you’re hearing as you read it. You ask yourself, what is this person thinking about and how is she thinking about it? From what perspective? You search the Write for answers to how it feels to the writer to think these thoughts. You tap your own mind for reactions and associations to the Write, to your own stories and/or feelings the Write connects to. How does it make you feel? What thoughts of your own does it arouse? You observe patterns of thought-flow. You apply information of “the 4 final questions” to the body of the Write. You seek out differences between your imagined hearing of the Write and the Write itself.
Many PW practitioners have volunteered their Writes for purposes of PW study. Your PW teacher presents anonymous selections from this collection. You approach them from Guided Writes of your own. Discussion follows.
This work takes place over 3 six-week sessions privately or in small groups.
Apprentice Teaching with Linda
Here you yourself teach Exploring The Basics of PW to a student who sends you one or two Writes weekly in 6-week units. Prior to each session, you conduct a close consideration of your student’s Writes through Guided Writes of your own. Bringing your Guided Writes to a weekly session with Linda, you discuss the Writes and establish teaching intentions for each of your teaching sessions, including ideas to emphasize and places to point to in your student’s Writes. Based on this discussion, you sketch out a teaching script for the session with your student.
There is no charge for the apprenticeship. Fees paid by the student go to the PWC.
Apprentice teachers are also encouraged to hold PW classes where they live in order to experience teaching groups and to receive feedback from their students.
Those wishing to teach PW are encouraged to attend as many Immersions as they can. Immersions give you a chance to do your own work while hearing Linda teach. Plan on attending at least three 5-day Immersions – one near the beginning, another in the middle and one at the completion of your apprenticeship.
Apprentice Teachers are eligible to receive a discount on Immersions in exchange for the opportunity to assist at the retreat.
Once you have a completed your apprenticeship, you are eligible to become a member of the PWC Teaching Faculty.