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Writing to be Treasure Conscious: Online Class starts September

To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light ~ Emerson

I’m delighted to announce a new online writing class, starting mid September.

The focus is on writing with a small w, finding ways to capture through words (and photography) some of the treasures of the everyday… and to discover some of the hidden gems in your words.

Details and how to sign up below:

Treasure Conscious

Learn to be more conscious and aware of the treasures of the everyday. A great way to be more grounded and mindful while you navigate the midlife.

8 week online class, in a small group setting (max 12 participants)

Dancing Sunbeams

Dancing Sunbeams, by Joanna Paterson

What’s Included

  • Ideas, prompts and suggestions to help you journal and reflect on particular themes, week by week.
  • Themes will include: colour, light, gratitude, inter-connectedness, kindness, and signs of change.
  • You will get prompts suggesting things to look out for as you’re walking, travelling and working
  • You’ll be encouraged to focus on points of detail and zoom out to notice different patterns. Through photo and journaling work you’ll see ways to adjust and adapt your mental filters as well as those on your camera.
  • Work within a group: benefit from feedback, questions, reflections, encouragement - on your journal work or your reflections on that work *

* You only need share what you’re comfortable sharing, though you will be encouraged to share the reflections on what you write / take photos of

What Does It Cost?

The price of the 8 week class is $20 / £12.50.

This is a 2010 introductory price while I test out the learning environment. In return I’ll be looking for feedback, ideas, suggestions and ways to make it even better yet in 2011 :-)

When Is It On?

The class runs from

Monday 13 September to Sunday 7 November 2010

What Do I Need to Start?

  • A willingness to pay attention to the world about you and to see the beauty and wonder in the everyday
  • An agreement to switch off the inner critic for a while, and to enjoy writing in different forms till you see what comes out
  • A willingness to experiment, explore and play
  • Journal work will include photography as well as writing, so yes, you will need a camera
  • Internet access. The class takes place on Ning, which is an online space for groups. An invitation to join and detailed instructions on how to get set up and started will be emailed out to you.

How Do I Sign Up?

The class is now fully booked, sorry!

If you’d like to take part in a future Treasure Conscious class, please do just drop me a line at joanna [@] and I’ll keep a note of your interest, thanks :-)

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4 Responses to “Writing to be Treasure Conscious: Online Class starts September”

  1. On August 24, 2010 at 7:12 am kathleen responded with... #

    Hi Joanna - I’ve just signed up :) I will be visiting my family in South Africa when the course starts, and then will return to NZ half way through - will have lots of write about, and photograph! Looking forward to it.

  2. On August 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Kathleen that’s great! Looking forward to getting to know you and your writing then.


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