Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seize The Moment – A Meditative Writing Workshop with Jan Cornall, July 15, 2014

Seize The Moment – A Meditative Writing Workshop
with Jan Cornall
Tuesday, July 15th
9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Mohawk High School, Buckland, MA  Cost: $30
Please contact Harold Graves, Tsegyalgar East Secretary at with questions or to register.

Jan Cornall has been teaching writing since 1998. Drawing on over thirty years experience in the creative arts industry and twenty-five years in meditation, Jan has created a unique meditative writing technique for working with authors of all genres.

Her techniques have been used by hundreds of writers who have joined her writing retreats and workshops in Bali, Java, Laos, Cambodia, Fiji, Burma, Morocco, Paris, Hong Kong, as well as Sydney, Melbourne, and regional Australia.

In this workshop Jan will introduce you to techniques you can use in any genre at any stage of your writing. Observation methods, sense memory explorations, word play, voice and character experiments, intuitive structure and story mapping, are just some of the exercises Jan will use to take you deep into the creative source of your writing.

By taking the struggle out of the writing process and providing expert guidance, support and motivation Jan’s techniques produce startling results. Whether you use the present moment to take you into your writing or your writing to take you into the present moment, you are already on the way to enlightenment!

Bring your writing implements and a playful mind.

About Jan
Jan Cornall is a writer and performer based in Sydney, Australia. Awarded a number of grants and fellowships, she has written fifteen produced plays and musicals, a feature film, a novel, poetry collection, short stories and three CD’s of songs. With a strong interest in Asia, Jan has collaborated with Indonesian writers, musicians and artists since being awarded an Asialink residency in 2006, and taken part in festivals in the region including: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (Bali), Utan Kayu Biennale (Jakarta), Hong Kong International Literary Festival and Irrawaddy Literary Festival( Burma). Jan teaches writing at University of Western Sydney and leads international writer's retreats and workshops with her company Writers Journey.

 Every year a number of writers working with Jan go on to publish with major publishing houses. They include: Marguerite Van Geldermalsen, Married To A Bedouin (Virago), Margaret Wilcox, Gone (Penguin), Catherine Therese, The Weight Of Silence (Hachette Livre), Margaret Stevenson Meere, The Child in The Lotus (Rockpool), Walter Mason, Destination Saigon (Allen & Unwin), Yvonne Louis,  A Brush with Mondrian (Murdoch), Public Life Private Grief, Mary Delahunty (Hardie Grant), Niromi de Soyza, Tamil Tigress (Allen& Unwin), Jennifer Smart, The Wardrobe Girl (Random House): Biff Ward, In My Mothers Hands (Allen& Unwin). Established writers like Margo Lanagan also receive support from Jan’s workshops.  Her more recent fantasy novels, Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts, are published by Allen & Unwin in Australia, Knopf - USA, David Fickling Books, UK. Murder mystery writer AD Scott (Simon &Schuster, USA) has received Jan’s support for Beneath The Abbey Wall and her upcoming novel The Low Road.

Visit Jan’s wesbsite at  about her exciting writing journeys.

A Letter from Jan to Tsegyalgarnet

Dear Vajra Family,

I love how Dzogchen provides everything we need and desire.

You may not know it, but it has long been my dream to perform my work in New York City. 
I knew I would be passing through NYC as part of the Namgyalgar Dance Team set to compete in Dancing Under the Stars in Tsegyalgar in July. I was also wondering how I could afford to get there.I've materialised my NY dream and on July 7 will launch and perform my latest book, Archipelagogo, at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York (the day after Rinpoche's NY teaching retreat ends). 

I've also just launched a crowd funding campaign with a target of $3500 (which ends on June 26), to help raise money for my air fare, accom and NY travel expenses.

If successful, it will not only help me get to NYC but on to Tsegyalgar to perform with the Namgyalgar Dance Team and to be present at the inauguration of the Universla Dance Mandala.

If you are able, any contribution will be greatly appreciated and rewarded with a special gift.  
You can find out all about it here: Jan's Indiegogo NYC Appeal

Or use this url:

Many thanks in advance!
Please pass on to other DC members as I don't have everyone's addresses.


PS. We launched last night and already have 17 percent of our goal!
Jan Cornall

Archipelagogo - Love Songs to Indonesia

Poems, songs and stories from a decade of Indo-travel.

Take Me to Paradise
Part travel journal, part diary, a gem of a novella set in Ubud, Bali.

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