Book Talk with Pat Schneider
How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Pat Schneider has just completed a new book titled How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Oxford University Press, April 2013.) She will talk about the new book, how it is in fact her seven-year experience of using the Amherst Writers and Artists method she developed and described in her earlier Oxford University Press Book, Writing Alone and With Others. In this new book, Pat has used that writing method for the purpose of wrestling with her own deepest questions about spirituality.
“What makes writing -- any writing, in fact -- a ‘spiritual practice’ is the writer's desire to do it as a spiritual practice. And not everyone will have that desire. In fact, not anyone will have that desire every time they write. Sometimes we write just to entertain ourselves, just to play, just to record an event. Only if we enlarge our definition of ‘spiritual’ to include everything we do, will those times of writing be to us ‘a spiritual practice.’ In fact, I am hoping that is where this seven year experience has brought me: that every time I put my pen to paper or my fingers to keyboard, I might by that act trigger a consciousness in myself that I am in dialogue with mystery – in myself, in the other to whom I write, and perhaps beyond either myself or the other.
It is the desire to be in spiritual practice that makes the practice spiritual.”
-- Pat Schneider
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Monday, April 29
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WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP
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