The Belknap Mill has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities
to present Beginner’s Mind for Writing: How to Start Anything through Mindful Writing
by presenter: Alexandria Peary. This virtual presentation will take place on Monday,
February 12, 2024 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. This program is free and open to the public. To
register visit www.belknapmill.org.
Do you have something in you that wants to be written? It doesn’t matter what kind of
writing—poem, novel, memoir, speech, newspaper article, or workplace document—you
feel a tug to express. For many of us, beginning a new piece of writing can be daunting.
How to bring this inchoate sensation to form and structure? We often waste time
psyching ourselves up or fantasizing about the perfect final draft. This presentation helps
you enter the present moment and begin writing that piece, maybe one you’ve been
contemplating for years, within minutes. Every moment is perfect for writing: starting
means entering an ongoing river of language. Among several techniques, we’ll practice
moment tracking to jumpstart that dream project and embrace where it takes us. This
presentation focuses on prewriting and invention, the earliest phases of writing, and
welcomes verbal emptiness to develop equanimity.
New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community
engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New
Hampshire. They connect people with ideas. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.