The Inner Critics’ Circle: How to Overcome Writers’ Block and Find Your Flow (with Virginia Konchan)

Jan 27 – Feb 10, 7 – 9pm >>

“Blank pages inspire me with terror,” Margaret Atwood said, and many writers agree: whether you’re midstream in a writing project, unable to conclude, or can’t seem to begin, writers’ block is a paralyzing condition that most writers encounter at least once in their lives. This dynamic three-week workshop will address the psychological, emotional, and technical aspects of writer’s block (such as time and stress management). Through structured writing exercises, diverse readings of poetry and literature, and tools and approaches both visionary and practical, we’ll work to overcome whatever has stymied your writing. We’ll use expert findings gleaned from cognitive neuroscience to break the habits of procrastination and perfectionism; move past our confirmation biases to think outside the box; explore the relationships between creativity, memory, dreamscapes, and trauma writing; generate ideas across genres, including hybrid and multidisciplinary writings; and use our fragments and unfinished pieces as a way to propel us forward into “flow states” of conscious writing, project completion, and publication.


Dr. Virginia Konchan is author of two poetry collections, Any God Will Do and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018 and 2020); a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017); and four chapbooks—as well as coeditor (with Sarah Giragosian) of Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems (University of Akron Press, 2022). Her creative and critical work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Believer, and throughout the US and Canada. She lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 3-week workshop: Wednesdays, Jan. 27 + Feb. 3 + Feb. 10 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Price: $174 (incl. 1-year WFNS membership for 2021)

Member Price: $109

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