Writing Toward God: The Sacred for the Perplexed A six-week online writing workshop series led by Mary Lane Potter August 23, 2022 By Event Details This event is running from 18 April 2023 until 23 May 2023. It is next occurring on Tuesday, Apr 18th, 2023, 6:00 pm. Venue: Virtual Workshop Categories: Virtual Workshop Series, Writing Workshop Upcoming Dates: Tuesday, Apr 18th, 2023, 6:00 pm Tuesday, Apr 25th, 2023, 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023, 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 16th, 2023, 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023, 6:00 pm Feeling stuck, perplexed, timid, or fearful about writing about God/The Sacred directly? You’re not alone. While 19th-century theologians challenged the view of God as a supernatural Person, that view still dominates popular Western imaginations (fundamentalist, atheist, and liberal). To re-envision God/The Sacred for our time, we need to follow visionary poets and storytellers. Inspired by modern and contemporary writers who approach God/The Sacred in unexpected ways, we’ll explore writing not about but toward God/The Sacred. The goal is not to refresh our images for God/The Sacred or integrate new theologies into our writing. Instead, this is an opportunity to discover a new language for God/The Sacred by uncovering the no-longer-life-giving remnants of God/The Sacred in our work and writing our way into the Unknown. Weekly reading and writing prompts highlight six approaches: confession, mourning, slant imaginings, absence, mystical threads, and joy. A few of our guides: Kafka, Rilke, Joy Harjo, Mary Szybist, Yehuda Amichai, Cesar Vallejo, Lucille Clifton, Clarice Lispector, Jericho Brown. You don’t need to be a poet or a poetry expert to join this experimental, generative writing workshop, but you should be familiar with the struggle to articulate changing experiences of God/The Sacred in today’s world. Mary Lane Potter’s books include Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry, the novel A Woman of Salt, and the memoir Seeking God and Losing the Way. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in Parabola, Witness, River Teeth, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Rogue Agent, Bearings Online, The Ekphrastic Review, and others. Formerly a professor of Christian theology, she now writes fiction and creative nonfiction and teaches writing workshops. One of the constants in her spiritual and vocational life has been embracing and wrestling with the Lover Who Is Beloved, the Seeker Who Is Sought. Author website: http://members.authorsguild.net/marylapotter/. Workshop Details Readings for the first session will be available two weeks before the workshop begins. Maximum number of participants: 10 SCHEDULE Week 1, Tuesday, Apr 18th, 2023, 6:00pm-8:15pm CT: Introduction and Drawing near via confessing our perplexity Week 2, Tuesday, Apr 25th, 2023, 6:00pm-8:15pm CT: Drawing near via mourning Week 3, Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023, 6:00pm-8:15pm CT: Drawing near via redirecting or slant imagination Week 4, Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, 6:00pm-8:15pm CT: Drawing near by creating and wrestling with a character/an absence Week 5, Tuesday, May 16th, 2023, 6:00pm-8:15pm CT: Drawing near via tugging on mystic threads Week 6, Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023, 6:00pm-8:15pm CT: Drawing near via joy Registration Process: Registration is now closed as all spots have been filled. All sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:15pm North America Central Time.