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Writing Workshop | Irene Borger

Week of May 25, 2019

The Creative Habit.
Being creative means not knowing what is going to happen. It’s a skill you can practice that will transform you, your work – no matter the field – and your relationships. It’s also the mind-state most needed when there are changes in your life. Focus and fully engaged play are key. A longtime, popular Ranch speaker, writer Irene Borger has been investigating the creative process and interviewing highly creative people for more than twenty-five years, (funding them too!).

Writing Workshop.
What if you substituted curiosity for judgment? Whether you are a pro or a novice, developing “beginner’s mind” will animate and maximize your creative life. Working with a master teacher, you’ll write short pieces that surprise you, and leave with three incredibly useful tools. You are welcome to attend one, two, or all three sessions.


Irene Borger

Irene Borger’s writing has appeared in many publications including The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, O, Architectural Digest, and on The Wall Street Journal arts page. The founder of the Writing Program at AIDS Project Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest AIDS service agency, she served as artist-in-residence there for ten years. She is the editor of From a Burning House: The AIDS Project Los Angeles Writers Workshop Collection, published by Washington Square Press/Pocket Books. The audiotape version was nominated for a Grammy in the Spoken Word category, and the workshop profiled on the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. Irene is also the director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, overseeing the giving of five annual $75,000 grants to outstanding artists working nationally in dance, film/video, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Her conversations with 19 of these artists are the subject of the book, The Force of Curiosity. She is the writer and curator for a prize-winning website: alpertawards.org. A Bennington College graduate, with an M.A. in dance ethnology from UCLA, Irene is also a former member of the dance history faculty at the University of California, Riverside. A longtime meditation student, she is working on a book on listening.

Enjoy  a 5-Minute Video with  Herb Alpert, Irene Borger and Herb Albert Award in the Arts recipients.  https://vimeo.com/16519113