Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm (Central Standard Time via Zoom)


In the city fields 
Contemplating cherry-trees…
Strangers are like friends

Contemplation, as the Buddhist priest and poet Issa illustrates, is a field of intimacy, and writing is one entrance.  Guest writer Kyoko Katayama, in conversation with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, will share observations about writing as a mindfulness practice and offer writing exercises that encourage deep listening, responsive creating, and open-hearted becoming.


COST: $25.00

The session will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of 1.5 hours.

Online Course Expectations + Details:

  • Register as individuals; if more than one person from your household is taking the course, ensure that you are participating in the course from separate devices.
  • After registering and prior to the date of Writing as Contemplation: An Evening Conversation, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with the Zoom link and other information.
  • Have the technology and internet connection that allow for stable video and audio connection through a computer or a hand-held device (e.g., tablet or smart phone).
  • This Zoom session will open 15 minutes prior to the start time so that any technological challenges can be addressed.
  • This Zoom session will include a facilitator from Wisdom Ways who will help navigate any small groups, and the questions and comments that are shared through the chat function.


Kyoko Katayama photo

Kyoko Katayama, a retired psychotherapist of 35 years, has been a lifelong student of writing and visual art. Author of the chapbook Wings above the Sea: A story and images of loss and transformation, her poems and prose have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Kyoko was a Loft Inroads Mentoring Award recipient. She is a mother and grandmother, and a befriender of a rescued dog.


Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice; and many other books, essays, and short memoirs.  Her work explores intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process.

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