Workshop: 3/27 Meditative Essay

Robert Vivian of the Vermont College of Fine Arts will lead us in Writing the Meditative Essay

“A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground: Writing More Lyrically”

Saturday March 27, online in Zoom

This generative workshop is geared to prose writers who wish to explore, experiment, and discuss lyrical writing* and how writers may access the wilder and more playful parts of their own creativity. Indeed, radical play will be the main focus and goal of this workshop. We will also explore forms of hybrid writing that bends, breaks, and melds different forms or genres.

Robert Vivian’s most recent book is All I Feel Is Rivers, published in 2020 by the University of Nebraska Press. He is the author of nine other books of fiction, meditative essays, and dervish essays. He teaches at Alma College and as a core faculty member in the Vermont College Of Fine Arts.

Vivian’s collection of prose poems, Mystery My Country, and Traversings, a book co-written with Richard Jackson, were published in 2016. He is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy—The Mover of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom, in addition to the novel Water and Abandon. He’s also written two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricket of Evening. Several of his plays have been produced in New York City and his monologues have been published in the Best Monologues series. His essays, poems, and stories have been published in Harper’s, Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, Alaska Quarterly, Ecotone, and dozens of other journals. He is the chair of the English department at Alma College in Michigan and has taught several times at various universities in Turkey, especially in Samsun, Turkey.

Preview or purchase Robert Vivian’s books on Amazon author page: Robert Vivian

REGISTRATION: Email: with name(s) and CWG Membership status

CWG Members $10-

Workshop Member


Nonmembers $15-

Workshop Nonmenber



10:45-11:00 am (eastern time): Welcome and introductions

11:00-12:00: craft lecture

12:00-12:30 pm: Distribution of workshop assignment (if not done ahead of time); Q&A during a lunch break

12:30-1:30 pm: attendees on their own doing the workshop assignment

1:30-2:30 pm: reconvene share (optional)/discuss work by attendees as time allows

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