Dreams and Creativity

Dream Writing – Sunday, April 25, 4-5 p.m., featuring Jan Beurskens.
How might our dreams help in our writing and creativity?

Have you ever experienced parts of your stories “writing themselves,” as if your ‘creative muse’ took control, and pushed your character or your story line in a completely different direction; and, were totally a-‘mused’ to find a surprisingly better direction? That was your unconscious overriding your conscious ego, your right brain directing your left brain, the analogical method surpassing the analytical.

You can expand and enhance your creativity as a writer by exploring the methodology and composition of dream writing. The dream world utilizes tools such as exaggeration of archetypal characters, suspension of physical constraints of time and space, unexpected imagery, and most importantly speaks in symbols.

The dream world can be a teacher, you can be the student.

For this session, record a couple of sentences from a dream you’ve had. No pressure, if you don’t remember dreams, that’s okay. If you do this exercise, highlight a thought or a peculiar image from the dream NOT the whole dream.

We will take time to introduce ourselves and those who choose to do so, can give a three to four sentence summary of their dream. Entirely optional.

Jan has done similar presentations over the years. For this session on creativity, she will focus on how paying attention to dreams/dream journaling may be helpful to you as a writer. Topics include:

  • Why do we tell stories?
  • Why do we dream?
  • Differences between dreams and stories
  • How to work with archetypal symbols in dreams
  • The AHA moment

There will be a Q&A following the presentation.

Use this form to register for Jan Beurskens’ presentation on dream writing and creativity. Or you may register by emailing lvliterarysalon@gmail.com. In the subject line type Registration. You will receive an invitation to the April 25 Zoom event.

Other Lit Salon news:

Call for Submissions – Tapestry: Tales, Essays, Poetry.
Find out more here. Deadline for submissions, June 1, 2021

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 PM via ZOOM
our FIRST Las Vegas Literary Salon Open Mic(rophone)Poetry Event


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