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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 holds an M.A. in Writing and Consciousness.  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. She’s also been featured on home page of and on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. 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?.

Kelly is a member of the co-founding editorial team and Associate Editor of Immanence Journal. She’s also the founder of The Story Laboratory, a boutique consulting company that offers support for creative writers and established authors through all phases of the publishing process. You can find The Story Laboratory at