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Writing from the Inside Out     (next date pending)
at Split Tree Farm in the NW GA mountains just south of Chattanooga, TN 

This workshop series offers a weekend of writing thoughts, feelings and images from the inside out--writings to be shared in community, with various musical experiences as jumping off points for freely imagined writings.   This workshop, which will focus on the blending of writing and music rather than movement, is planned around morning, afternoon and evening sessions of writing and sharing works created in the meditative moment and in the presence of participants.  Writings and readings will be interspersed with invited discussion of themes and issues developed.   We will not follow the traditional writer's workshop custom of bringing previously written work to be read and critiqued.   However, for the Saturday evening session, participants are encouraged to bring poems, short works of fiction, or other art forms such as choreography and and music to be shared.  

The workshop will be led by Split Tree director Sid Hetzler.  His 10-year exploration of open writing forms (and sillsidr.jpg (5180 bytes)more recently musical and dance modes) began during his Emory festival dissertation writing process in 1988 at Omega Institute, which included a week-long workshop with the creators of the Proprioceptive Writing™ practice, Linda Metcalf and Tobin Simon.   Split Tree's workshop also incorporates the journal writing insights of journal pioneer Ana´s Nin, and encourages other improvised open form writing practices in a supportive group environment.  This work can be a preparation for publishing in traditional forms and/or for expanding awareness of one's feelings, thoughts, images, memories.  Atlanta jazz pianist Alan Dynin will create the musical environment.

Details:  $50 plus potluck food--enough for the weekend.  Min: 6; Max: 16 persons.  Advance registration necessary; workshop will be cancelled by Mar. 1 without minimum enrollment.  Fee includes tuition and beds in Split Tree farmhouse.  The workshop opens with writing at 8 p.m. Friday and closes mid-Sunday afternoon.  Writings and readings will take place in morning and afternoon sessions.  Loose, excercise-type clothing is recommended; bring your instruments.   Participants at any level of writing or musical ability are welcome.  Full weekend attendance is strongly encouraged but not required.

Usual Split Tree considerations apply:  no alcohol, smoking, perfumes, pets.  It would be difficult to accommodate children at this workshop due to the concentration on writing and on adult issues developed.  Bring food, bedding, towels, soap, etc.  For potluck food, most participants will prefer fruit/vegetarian choices.  The house will be open to all for lodging.  As usual, the barn and pastures are open for tenting or RVs (two 110 hook-ups available).  Registration/info from Anna Sue Courtney at 706/539-2485 or 256/536-5137.  Email:  writing [@] splittree.org.   See http://www.splittree.org for housing link and directions link.

Registration:   Electronic or fax registration is allowed with a promise to pay upon arrival; a mailed check best.   Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 16 persons.  House beds are available for all.  Please mail check to the attention of Split Tree/Writing Weekends 99, 2103 N. Decatur Road, Swt 339, Decatur, GA 30033.   Fax:  404/378-6433.
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