Nashville-based poet-professor-minister, Donovan McAbee, will perform his poetry and sermons, followed by an intimate discussion of his life, craft, and whatever else comes up at Writers in Conversation, a mostly-monthly performance and interview series hosted by poet Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, a born-and-raised Nashvillian.
Writers in Conversation: Donovan McAbee will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 at the Darkhorse Theater. $10 at the door or in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-in-conversation-presents-poet-professor-minister-donovan-mcabee-tickets-64541877493.
PoemoftheWeek.com is a literary arts organization founded in 2006 by poet and Nashville-native, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. WiC is PoemoftheWeek.com’s signature event, promoting writers and writing of all genres, from poetry to songwriting to film to journalism to TV. Each episode opens with a performance by the guest writer, followed by an interview with producer and host, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, that probes the writers’ life, their work, and the tools of their trade. WATCH. LISTEN.
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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.
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