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Writing from Dreams: A Multi-Genre Workshop with Kelly Lydick

Date(s): Tuesdays, September 4 - 18, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Hybrid, Poetry

$149 Regular, $135 ASU, $99 Student

About the Class

Paul McCartney’s song “Yesterday,” Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are just a few creations that have come from dreams. But are the symbols of language and dreams arbitrary? Allegorical? Archetypal? How do dreams inform the creative process? This workshop looks deeply at the symbolism of dreams and the language of the subconscious, primarily from a Jungian perspective. Participants will share and discuss individual dreams* and learn how to deconstruct these dreams to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of story that inherently lives within each of us. Within a safe workshop space, each writer will uncover the symbolism of their personal dream landscape and use this information to compose new, meaningful written work.

*Please note: each participant must be prepared to discuss 1-3 dreams that they have experienced and recorded in order to be able to participate.

Meet Your Instructor

Piper Writers Studio Instructor Kelly Lydick

Kelly Lydick received her B.A. in Writing and Literature from Burlington College, and her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and many others. 

Additional articles have appeared in Natural Awakenings, Java, Western Art Collector, Santa Fean, and True Blue Spirit magazines, as well as on the home page of Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block, and she’s appeared on iHeart Radio, Align Radio, and others.

She is the author of the experimental, Mastering the Dream, and contributing author to the anthologies Dreams That Change Our Lives, My Journal My Journey, and Are You the Missing Piece?. She is a member of the co-founding editorial team and Associate Editor of Immanence Journal.

Kelly also holds certifications as a Gateway Dreaming™ Coach, Meditation Facilitator, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, Animal Reiki Master, and others. She teaches creative writing and personal growth workshops, and offers private consultations for those interested in creativity and conscious expansion. Her signature workshop, Writing the Dream Time, has been featured at Burlington College, ASU’s Piper Center for Creative Writing, the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and others. 

In 2016, Kelly was honored by the internationally-renowned Omega Institute of Rhinebeck, New York with a Juno Award for excellence in women’s leadership for her service-based business, Waking the Dream. 

In late 2018, Kelly founded The Story Laboratory, a boutique consulting company that offers support for creative writers and established authors through all phases of the publishing process.

She holds professional memberships with the International Association for the Study of Dreams, where she has presented her work on dream studies, the Academy of American Poets, and the Arizona Authors Association. You can learn more about her work at