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The Spirit of the Word: A Creative Writing Master ClassMaster ClassIn-Person

Friday, May 10, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

The movement art of qigong can bring a focused energy to the writing process. In this class, we will read and write poems while incorporating qigong and its communal principles. We’ll start with a centering and dynamic exercise; then, we’ll write, discuss our poetry, offer critique, and end with a deeper understanding of the writing process. Together, we will explore healing energetic flow and what this can bring to both the page and our hearts.


Ruth Forman

Ruth Forman is an acclaimed poet, author, and friend of words. She is the award-winning author of bestselling children’s books Curls, Glow, Bloom, Ours, One and Like So; children’s book Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon; and poetry collections We Are the Young Magicians, Renaissance, and Prayers Like Shoes. Ruth has received the Barnard Women Poets Prize, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book Award, and recognition by the American Library Association. She is a former teacher of creative writing with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California, as well as a longtime faculty member with the VONA writing program. Ruth is currently a professor at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. When not writing and teaching, she practices a passion for classical Yang family style tai chi chuan. You learn more about her at