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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 BA in Writing and Literature from Burlington College and her MA 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. Lydick’s 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 also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the chapbook We Once Were, the experimental, Mastering the Dream, and she is a contributing author to Dreams That Change Our Lives. She is a member of the co-founding editorial board and Associate Editor of Immanence Journal.

Lydick holds certifications as a Meditation Facilitator, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, Animal Reiki Master, and Gateway Dreaming™ Coach. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream. Her signature workshops have been featured at Burlington College, ASU’s Piper Center for Creative Writing, the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and others. In 2016, Lydick 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. You can learn more about her work at