Contemplative Practices for Creative Writing

Contemplative Practices for Creative Writing

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In Soul Feast, Marjorie J. Thompson asserts that “perhaps our real task in prayer is to attune ourselves to the conversation already going on deep in our hearts.” Something similar might be said for our writing as well. While for many, the outward structures of religion seem outmoded, perhaps for our writing, the contemplative practices of spirituality might empower us to tap into this “conversation already going on deep in our hearts.”

In this generative workshop, intended for writers of all levels and genres, we will explore the ways that contemplative practices might nurture our writing. From lectio divina to centering prayer, we will utilize spiritual practices as jumping-off points for writing, and for those group members willing to do so, we will share with one another the fruits of our explorations. 


Instructor: Donovan McAbee

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Length: 3 hours

Location: Porch HQ, 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, Tenn. 37204


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About the Instructor: Donovan McAbee was a 2018 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His poems have appeared in Five Points, Tar River Poetry, RHINO, Quiddity, PRISM international, The Jabberwock Review, The Christian Century, Reflections (Yale Divinity School), and a variety of other journals. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in Contemporary Poetry and Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Currently, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and toddler son, and works as Associate Professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University.