Write Now: Contemplative Writing - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Teacher : Miriam Hall
Coordinator: Miriam Hall
Price per person: $175
Patron Price: $200

An 8-week Interactive Course

Join this very special live practice­-based class with contemplative writing teacher Miriam Hall. Each week, we write from suggested prompts on our own, then share together live online. The sharing is voluntary but allows for compassionate listening and growth in our perceptions of ourselves and our writing, as well as deep listening for others.

This class is especially focused on just getting going on, and continuing the practice of writing ­ poetry, journal entries, essays, fiction. This is a practice­-based class, to generate writing. If you are interested in editing or revision, or have already started a project, please contact Miriam for one-­on-­one mentoring or to meet with a practice group for editing.

Please note: This course has run before but in a more forum­-based way. The live-based component is new.

Suggested books (not required)

  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
    Bird by Bird
    by Anne Lamott

Course structure

  • ­Prompts shared and writing done on your own,­
  • Live meetings every other week. Dates to be scheduled.
  • Online forums to support our live meetings and offer further sharing.
  • Live two-hour online discussion meetings are scheduled on Sundays, from 12 - 2pm Central. (2 - 4pm Atlantic, 1 - 3pm Eastern,  11am - 12pm Mountain, 10 - 11am Pacific) June 4, 11, 19, 25, July 2, 9.


  • ­Establishing your own personal writing practice,
  • Practicing compassionate feedback and listening for yourself and others,
  • Playing with words, language, mind and meditation.

About the Teacher

Miriam Hall teaches contemplative arts full time, and has been an instructor in Shambhala for the last seven years. Her main focus is Contemplative Writing and Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography. She lives in Madison, WI, and teaches across North America and Europe.

About Our Courses

Our courses feature senior Shambhala teachers, an online community of participants, and facilitation by an experienced course leader. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.

When Does the Class Meet?

The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are several recorded talks, as well as live sessions that are scheduled; the course is open for 8 weeks.

An important aspect of the course involves meeting with another course participant for dialogue. You can arrange live meetings via telephone, an online meeting forum such as Skype, or in person.

How Much Time Does it Take?

Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.

Registration Options

1) Early Bird Discount. The Early Bird course rate of $150 is available until two weeks before the course begins. To take the discount at Registration, please use this coupon code: S9CKB6.

2) Regular Amount. The regular course rate is $175 applies two weeks prior to the start date.

3) Patron. The Patron rate of $200 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.

4) Generosity Policy. Discounts of 25% or 50% are available by using the "Request a Discount" link below. For deeper discounts or scholarship, please write to [email protected].

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Class size is limited to 10.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are in US Dollars . Request a discount before you register to allow for exchange rates or other discounts.

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