Working the Edge


A Guide to Creative Risk Taking 
(a six-hour workshop)

Saturday, October 16, 2010
10 am - 4 pm
Raven Center 417 L Street

I stood up in the storm to fasten the runner.  Because of this, I want to help others make the same lifelong connection. 

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Working the Edge:
Fear is Your Friend

    We begin to learn the craft of writing when, in First Grade, we first press a thick pencil against paper.  But what about the art of it?  Can art be taught?  Maybe... given a setting that sparks heat and light.  In such a group,  you can  discover your own deeper themes. You can begin to see the art found in impulses and images that emerge from interior landscapes.  
  You can better know your muse and enlarge your comfort zone. Drawing on imagination, memory, and the creative unconscious. Every time you are afraid, you hold the stuff that fuels discovery.  A step taken when apprehensive, generates excitement. Excitement brings you into the creative zone.    
  Sandy Kleven, whose background as both therapist and poet gives grounding to her methods, will lead by way of guided imagery, movement, music, brainstorming, facilitated discussion. You will go home with a map. You will go home surprised.      


Sandra Kleven
Poet, film maker


Kleven provides fun, exploratory frameworks for multilayered explorations of the inner self. After suggesting a starting point, she lets you lead the way…”   Yngvil Guttu


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Author bio --  Sandra Kleven is a poet, film maker, and a visual artist.  Her poetry and other writing has appeared in CirqueAlaska Quarterly Review, Oklahoma Review, Topic Magazine, and  F-Zine.  She has work in the anthologies Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska and Alaska Women Speak (September 2010).  In 2009, Kleven received a second Celebration Foundation award to support her creative work.  A clinical consultant with a specialty in young children, she travels to small Alaska villages during the school year.  Her children’s book, The Right Touch, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award, is a top-seller on the subject of abuse prevention.  “The Touching Problem,” Kleven’s first film was awarded a Seattle area EMMY award.  In 2010, she produced a short film, “To the Moon: An Homage to the Poet, Theodore Roethke.”   Her mixed-media work has been displayed at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art; her 2010 show was titled, “Devils of Poetry.”   Kleven has roots Washington State as well as Alaska where she lives with her family.  Kleven holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska/Anchorage. 

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Sandra Kleven says this about creative development:

Transformation comes in incremental steps.  I can name more than one life changing moment, though each seemed to move me along a trajectory.  I have become much braver.     
My writing used to give way to worries about what people would think of me.   For the longest time, in my work, I was very, very nice.  And that's nice!  But it's short on soul, on struggle, on a deeper integrity.  "Nice" falls short of the significant or important.  

There is strength in my writing now.  I can date it to "Holy Land" a long dramatic monologue that scared the heck out of me.  Eight years passed before I was ready to submit it.  It's a beautiful piece of writing.  I'll include a link on this page, somewhere.  I wrote "Holy Land" after studying with Julia Cameron, author of THE ARTIST'S WAY.  From Cameron, I learned to connect with the part of me that is generally outside my awareness.  It took about six months to get to and through the writing.  Now, I can call forth this part of me a little more quickly and reliably.  

At this point, I have enough written that my time is spent working on submissions rather than in writing.  Because creation comes reliably from deep matter, I have a collection of work to get into print.  Once born, I have a responsibility to the writing.  If the piece is worthy. I work to get it into the world.  I begin now to have a body of published work.  

Some say I am fearless.  That's not true.  But I have grown in incremental steps to a point where great fears have fallen away:  Fear of embarrassing myself or my family.  Fear of doing it wrong.  Fear of not being good enough.  Fear of failure. I no longer have a need to show every piece I write to my friends and family.  I believe in myself as a creative being.  I stood up in the storm to fasten the runner.  Because of this, I want to help others make the same lifelong connection.  I want to help them take flight.  I want to be a witness, a guide and a mentor.

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