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Sep
30
Sat
The Free-Writing Intensive—Part 6: Extraordinary Seeing @ CILK119
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Writers know that readers come to the page for meaning, depth and insight; this fact has short-circuited many a writer. (“Why even try?” an internal voice may whisper, “I’ve got nothing to say.”) But insight is not what goes into a piece of writing—it is what comes out of it.

What goes into a piece of writing is work. Just as, when climbing a mountain, we first need to do some work (climbing) before it is possible to stop and take in the view (insight), writing needs to be worked before it can yield insight. That insight—the trustworthy view we end up with, which is nothing we could have begun with—is known as extraordinary seeing.

In Part 6 of the Free-Writing Intensive, participants will be shown innovative and delightful ways to lay the ground for extraordinary seeing. As with other versions of this class, one of the by-products will be generating a volume of new material. You need not have taken other sessions of this class to take this one.

Perfect for all levels and genres, this workshop focuses on the essential, though seldom taught practice of free-writing, employing unique techniques to help us get unstuck. It’s often an exhilarating experience, like a cracking open of reality, as writers learn, rather quickly, to let go of habits they once thought were embedded in their DNA. The Free-writing Intensive is also a powerful antidote to “writer’s block,” as participants train in practical ways to stay productive outside of writing workshops.

Diana Goetsch is the author of eight poetry collections—including Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press) and In America (forthcoming from Rattle)—and the Life in Transition blog at the American Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Poetry,the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Chicago Tribune and the L.A. Times. She has taught writing at various conferences and MFA programs, and is currently the Grace Paley Teaching Fellow at The New School.

Tuition: $100 (Please register using the PayPal button below).





Check out the inspiring craft talk that Diana gave at the 2016 Iowa Summer Writing Festival here.

Questions? Call Diana at 212-924-6315 or email her at diana@janestreet.org.

Book Launch: Sometimes, in These Places by Rebecca Watkins @ CILK119
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Join us for a reading and book launch for River River editor Rebecca Watkins’ debut poetry collection, Sometimes, in These Places. Q&A, book signing and light refreshments afterwards.

About Rebecca Watkins:

Rebecca has an MFA in Poetry from the City College of New York. She currently teaches literature, writing, and English as a Second Language at the college level, and has led poetry workshops for all age groups in her community. She has been published in Anderbo, The Promethean, The Red Mesa Review, and Poetry and Performance, among other literary journals. More of her work can be found at www.rebeccawatkinspoetry.com.

Oct
2
Mon
littleBits Workshop @ CILK119
Oct 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

littleBits® Workshop

littleBits®

This workshop features the littleBits platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent.  Children will build a different mechanism or gadget each session.  They work in a team setting.  Team work and open communication is encouraged.  The workshop is non-competitive.

Age 8-14   

Mondays, October 2nd– October 30th (5 sessions)
4:14pm-5:30pm 
$100 per person




 

This workshop is led by Leslie Laboriel, founder of TrajectUP. Leslie created this company after a successful 27 year career in the wireless communications industry.  As an Engineering Director, she observed a lack of women in technical roles and an overall need to prepare all kids for an imaginative technical future.

She believes the best way to encourage people to pursue STEAM careers is by introducing the concept in a fun way as a child.   As a mother of a young child, she saw firsthand how different interactive toys and creative crafts sparked curiosity with her son and his friends. They spent hours playing and didn’t realize they were learning.  She believes we all win when children are passionate about learning. This authentic belief is how TrajectUP was created!

Oct
9
Mon
littleBits Workshop @ CILK119
Oct 9 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

littleBits® Workshop

littleBits®

This workshop features the littleBits platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent.  Children will build a different mechanism or gadget each session.  They work in a team setting.  Team work and open communication is encouraged.  The workshop is non-competitive.

Age 8-14   

Mondays, October 2nd– October 30th (5 sessions)
4:14pm-5:30pm 
$100 per person




 

This workshop is led by Leslie Laboriel, founder of TrajectUP. Leslie created this company after a successful 27 year career in the wireless communications industry.  As an Engineering Director, she observed a lack of women in technical roles and an overall need to prepare all kids for an imaginative technical future.

She believes the best way to encourage people to pursue STEAM careers is by introducing the concept in a fun way as a child.   As a mother of a young child, she saw firsthand how different interactive toys and creative crafts sparked curiosity with her son and his friends. They spent hours playing and didn’t realize they were learning.  She believes we all win when children are passionate about learning. This authentic belief is how TrajectUP was created!

Oct
14
Sat
Claiming Your Voice: A Deep Dive into Women’s Memoirs @ CILK119
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm

 

Women writers may burn with a desire to tell their stories but sometimes lose confidence in the worthiness of what they have to say. During this two-day workshop, you will cross the line from self-consciousness to self-knowledge and embrace the importance of bearing witness to your own life. You’ll learn how other women memoirists have written about the taboo, the tumultuous, and the triumphant. Topics may include overcoming anorexia, coming out as a lesbian, surviving arranged marriage, facing life as a woman alone (in a variety of ways), and navigating the one role we all share—daughter.

You will learn to:

  • Gain confidence in your own voice
  • Honor female experiences
  • Tell stories that educate
  • Use language techniques that strengthen your writing
  • Connect your individual struggle to a collective one
Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, and a Rockland county local, will be the guest speaker at the workshop on Saturday. She will also present her one-woman show, A Sit Down with Spirit, on Saturday night at CILK119. Check out Rita’s book here.

Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the Nanuet neighborhood. Nyack, which also has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

Live too far to commute?
These hotels are all within five minutes of CILK 119:

Questions? Contact Lorraine.

Workshop fee: $300 Early Bird Rate before September 15th. $345 after. Bring a friend and each of you gets 10% off.
Fee includes workshop, mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson, and A Sit Down with Spirit, a live Saturday night show presented by guest speaker Rita Gigante in the workshop space.

LORRAINE ASH, MA, author of Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, is a New Jersey book editor and writing teacher whose passion for the art of a well-told story has led her into the realms of memoir, essays, plays, and journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. She is editorial director of Cape House Books, a boutique collaborative publishing company. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.LorraineAsh.com.

RITA GIGANTE has dedicated her life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

ELLE LEVENSON is a reflexologist and herbalist in private practice in New Jersey. She leads women’s circles that draw on the wisdom teachings of Native Americans and our grandmothers from distant shores and cultures. Elle is an elder in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, a.k.a. Turtle Acres, in Pennsylvania.


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A Sit Down with Spirit @ CILK119
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Rita, acclaimed author, healer, and pyschic, and her “Spirit Crew” on a journey to the answers that you have been waiting for. This show promises to be filled with love, laughter, and a provocative tell-all about how to live your life authentically and abundantly. Plus a cameo appearance by Vincent and Olympia Gigante!

Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, and daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, has dedicated her adult life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside of New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

Rita specializes in spiritual guidance and helping others connect to their higher self for their own answers. Rita works directly with Source/Spirit, her higher self, intuition and a host of other energies such as Angels to do her work as a vehicle of the light. Combined with knowledge acquired through studying with reknown teachers such as Eamonn Downey and Jinny Johnson, and her life experiences, Rita strives to assist others in achieving health, balance, closure, and peace, as well as to discover their soul’s unlimited potential.

Rita’s journey, as a healer, began in her youth. She started studying Massage Therapy and graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1995. This work led Rita into opening up her psychic skills and gave her the practice she needed to become seasoned at her work. She then went on to earn her BS degree in Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in 2001. As her interest and passion grew for learning further about the body, Rita began to move into teaching in the areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Massage techniques and Chakra Balancing. She taught for 5 years at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, NJ starting in 2003.

Rita cherishes the connections she has formed with her students and clients while relating her own experiences through spiritual guidance.  Her passion, over the past 12 years, has been concentrated on lecturing on topics such as Crossing Over, Chakras, Energy and Auras, Angels, and Dream Interpretation, etc.

Check out Rita’s book here.

Oct
16
Mon
littleBits Workshop @ CILK119
Oct 16 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

littleBits® Workshop

littleBits®

This workshop features the littleBits platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent.  Children will build a different mechanism or gadget each session.  They work in a team setting.  Team work and open communication is encouraged.  The workshop is non-competitive.

Age 8-14   

Mondays, October 2nd– October 30th (5 sessions)
4:14pm-5:30pm 
$100 per person




 

This workshop is led by Leslie Laboriel, founder of TrajectUP. Leslie created this company after a successful 27 year career in the wireless communications industry.  As an Engineering Director, she observed a lack of women in technical roles and an overall need to prepare all kids for an imaginative technical future.

She believes the best way to encourage people to pursue STEAM careers is by introducing the concept in a fun way as a child.   As a mother of a young child, she saw firsthand how different interactive toys and creative crafts sparked curiosity with her son and his friends. They spent hours playing and didn’t realize they were learning.  She believes we all win when children are passionate about learning. This authentic belief is how TrajectUP was created!

Oct
23
Mon
littleBits Workshop @ CILK119
Oct 23 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

littleBits® Workshop

littleBits®

This workshop features the littleBits platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent.  Children will build a different mechanism or gadget each session.  They work in a team setting.  Team work and open communication is encouraged.  The workshop is non-competitive.

Age 8-14   

Mondays, October 2nd– October 30th (5 sessions)
4:14pm-5:30pm 
$100 per person




 

This workshop is led by Leslie Laboriel, founder of TrajectUP. Leslie created this company after a successful 27 year career in the wireless communications industry.  As an Engineering Director, she observed a lack of women in technical roles and an overall need to prepare all kids for an imaginative technical future.

She believes the best way to encourage people to pursue STEAM careers is by introducing the concept in a fun way as a child.   As a mother of a young child, she saw firsthand how different interactive toys and creative crafts sparked curiosity with her son and his friends. They spent hours playing and didn’t realize they were learning.  She believes we all win when children are passionate about learning. This authentic belief is how TrajectUP was created!

Oct
30
Mon
littleBits Workshop @ CILK119
Oct 30 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

littleBits® Workshop

littleBits®

This workshop features the littleBits platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent.  Children will build a different mechanism or gadget each session.  They work in a team setting.  Team work and open communication is encouraged.  The workshop is non-competitive.

Age 8-14   

Mondays, October 2nd– October 30th (5 sessions)
4:14pm-5:30pm 
$100 per person




 

This workshop is led by Leslie Laboriel, founder of TrajectUP. Leslie created this company after a successful 27 year career in the wireless communications industry.  As an Engineering Director, she observed a lack of women in technical roles and an overall need to prepare all kids for an imaginative technical future.

She believes the best way to encourage people to pursue STEAM careers is by introducing the concept in a fun way as a child.   As a mother of a young child, she saw firsthand how different interactive toys and creative crafts sparked curiosity with her son and his friends. They spent hours playing and didn’t realize they were learning.  She believes we all win when children are passionate about learning. This authentic belief is how TrajectUP was created!

Nov
18
Sat
Claiming Your Voice: A Deep Dive into Women’s Memoirs @ CILK119
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm

 

Women writers may burn with a desire to tell their stories but sometimes lose confidence in the worthiness of what they have to say. During this two-day workshop, you will cross the line from self-consciousness to self-knowledge and embrace the importance of bearing witness to your own life. You’ll learn how other women memoirists have written about the taboo, the tumultuous, and the triumphant. Topics may include overcoming anorexia, coming out as a lesbian, surviving arranged marriage, facing life as a woman alone (in a variety of ways), and navigating the one role we all share—daughter.

You will learn to:

  • Gain confidence in your own voice
  • Honor female experiences
  • Tell stories that educate
  • Use language techniques that strengthen your writing
  • Connect your individual struggle to a collective one
Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, and a Rockland county local, will be the guest speaker at the workshop on Saturday. She will also present her one-woman show, A Sit Down with Spirit, on Saturday night at CILK119. Check out Rita’s book here.

Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the Nanuet neighborhood. Nyack, which also has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

Live too far to commute?
These hotels are all within five minutes of CILK 119:

Questions? Contact Lorraine.

Workshop fee: $300 Early Bird Rate before September 1st. $345 after. Bring a friend and each of you gets 10% off.
Fee includes workshop, mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson, and A Sit Down with Spirit, a live Saturday night show presented by guest speaker Rita Gigante in the workshop space.

LORRAINE ASH, MA, author of Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, is a New Jersey book editor and writing teacher whose passion for the art of a well-told story has led her into the realms of memoir, essays, plays, and journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. She is editorial director of Cape House Books, a boutique collaborative publishing company. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.LorraineAsh.com.

 

RITA GIGANTE has dedicated her life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

ELLE LEVENSON is a reflexologist and herbalist in private practice in New Jersey. She leads women’s circles that draw on the wisdom teachings of Native Americans and our grandmothers from distant shores and cultures. Elle is an elder in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, a.k.a. Turtle Acres, in Pennsylvania.


Payment options:




Diving woman image: © Sergey Khakimullin /Dreamstime