Write Now – with Dean Lofton

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Listen in on Wednesdays 6-7pm Central Time on “Writing on the Air” on KOOP 91.7 FM or stream from www.KOOP.org.

Write Now writing prompts and tips intend to inspire you to write for the simple pleasure of creating. For 18 years I’ve led non-academic, creative community writing workshops and am excited to share the content with a larger audience through these radio segments. In a personal writing practice the mundane gets written out of the way and creativity is invited to surface – in an active, creative meditation. My hope is that you will find the joy of writing and that these prompts and tips support your creative projects, as well as the art of life.

Want to share your response to the writing prompts? Email WriteNow@DeansListAustin.com. I’ll pick one or more to share here!

Thank you for writing!

Write Your Life – class contract

Many years ago I created this class contract to set up the guidelines for the Write Your Life as a Woman class and other workshops. We had so much fun discussing it on KOOP’s Writing on the Air show last week, it thought I’d share it here again. Many of these guidelines carry over to every day life, too! More on that soon! Happy New Year and Happy Writing! – Dean Continue reading

Write Your Life as a Woman – January 2015 – Austin

Registration is now open for January 2015 classes and workshops in Austin.

Click on the Write Your Life as a Woman link for more info and to register.

Schedule overview:

Monday nights: January 5 – 26, 7-9pm
Tuesday afternoons: January 6 – 27, 12noon – 2pm
1x afternoon workshop: Sunday, January 11, 1:00 -5:00 pm

Write Your Life as a Woman – Fall 2014 Austin retreats

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Write Your Life as a Woman with Dean Lofton
Please see writing workshop retreat descriptions below.


Write Your Life as a Woman
all day retreat at the Writing Barn

Saturday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Writing Barn, 10202 Wommack Drive (onsite, free parking)
Class fee: $195 Click here to register.
includes coffee, tea, snacks and catered healthy lunch from Spoon & Co.
An expanded day to write and retreat on the beautiful 7.5 acres surrounding The Writing Barn! In addition to writing by hand, this workshop also includes time to expand ideas or focus on works-in-progress by writing on laptops. Dress for movement breaks of yoga and walking.



Write Your Life as a Woman
afternoon retreat at Harmony Balance Studio
3321 Hancock Dr. (at Balcones; onsite, free parking)
Class fee: $85

Sunday, November 16, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Click here to register.

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Soul Food: Grounding to start the week

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“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies.
My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”
– Dalai Lama

Take five minutes to sit still and breathe. Just breathe. Find a little time in your day to simply “be.” Don’t wait for the perfect zen setting, or researching the best way to meditate, buying a book about it, or even googling it. Let your breath nourish the temples of your heart and brain and bring your attention to the present.

Soul Food is a inspirational series originally created by Dean Lofton for skirt! magazine and also draws from her previous Body Mind Spirit column in The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

Soul Food – Live big. Try a little something new this week.

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“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” – Leo Tolstoy

Tiny changes can add up to big shifts in perspective immediately and deliver great results in the long run. To shift perspective try small changes in your routine. Drive a different route to work slowly and really notice the neighborhood details of the houses and trees. Turn off your music and instead sing out loud. Write with different colored pens. Make tiny changes in your life to get out of the rut of limited thinking.

Experiencing the shift in perspective from tiny changes often inspires other small changes – in work or communication or creative projects  – which assist in personal evolution as well as other goals.

Live big. Try a little something new this week.

Soul Food is a inspirational series originally created by Dean Lofton for skirt! magazine and also draws from her previous Body Mind Spirit column in The (Charleston) Post and Courier.