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Hot Topics in Creative Nonfiction: Listening to Your Inner Voice- Writing as a Contemplative Practice

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Creative Writing can be described as a craft, a career, a vocation - and also as a path to the inner self. 

In this live webinar,  MFA in Creative Nonfiction director, Leanna James Blackwell, will interview writer and writing coach Karol Jackowski, instructor of the popular MFA course "Spiritual Writing through the Ages."  A former nun and author of seven best-selling books including Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die, Jackowski will talk about how writing can help you find and listen to the wisdom of your deep inner voice. She will also share personal stories about her own path as a writer, her spiritual practice, and how she sustains her sense of peace in tumultuous times. Join us for a searching, intimate, and lively discussion; Q & A  to follow.  

About Leanna James Blackwell 
Leanna James Blackwell is director of the Bay Path University MFA in Creative Nonfiction and assistant professor of creative writing. An award-winning essayist and documentary playwright, she is a member of the Northampton Playwrights Lab, former artistic director and playwright-in-residence of TKO Theatre and the Inner Stage in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the co-founder and director of The Place for Writers at Mills College in Oakland, California. Her most recent play, Grimm Women, a feminist reimagining of traditional fairy tales, premiered during the 2016 Play by Play Festival at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Mass and was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. A frequent contributor to arts, academic, and parenting journals, Leanna’s essays have been widely published, anthol0gized, and adapted for the stage. Leanna graduated from the MFA program in creative writing at Mills College in California. A 20-year practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, Leanna is known for a teaching style that helps writers tap into their deepest creative potential. She is currently at work on a collection of essays and a new play examining race and adoption.
About Karol Jackowski 
Karol Jackowski is a writer, writing coach, and former nun who left the Sisters of the Holy Cross and became part of the Sisters for Christian Community, an independent, self-governing sisterhood. Her books include Forever and Ever, Amen: Becoming a Nun in the Sixties; The Silence We Keep: A Nun’s View of the Catholic Priest Scandal; Sister Karol’s Book of Spells and Blessings; Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die (translated into Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and German); Divine Madness: Why I Still Want to be a Nun; and the cookbooks Let the Good Times Roll and Home on the Range. She has been profiled and her work reviewed in Rosie magazine, People magazine, The Star Ledger, ELLE (Italian Edition), The Journal News, The New York Post, and The New York Times. Her television appearances include guest spots on “Speakeasy,” CNN, where she was interviewed by Soledad O’Brian, “The Early Show” (live Interview with Bryant Gumbel), “Eyewitness News Sunday Morning,” “Weekend Today,” and ABC-TV/She TV, among others. Karol lives in New York City and holds a PhD from NYU.