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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Free Lecture on Writing

Learn about Self Hypnosis and Writing



Self-hypnosis is practiced by writers familiar with their craft who use it to separate in their writing the creative process and the editing process. One of the challenges for writers is to take the elements of a story and imaginatively create a finished work for readers. One aspect of Paul Dale Anderson’s talk will be a discussion of “flow” as a state of mind. As explained by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychology professor at University of Chicago, “Flow” is sought out by people in their desire for happiness and challenge related to their skills. To achieve flow humans must have challenges and achieve mastery in the skills necessary to meet those challenges. Skill sets develop when each challenge is only slightly greater than the previous ones. If the challenge is too much greater, or insufficient to be interesting, the person becomes anxious or bored and develops no new skills.

 Anderson has an MS in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University and an MA in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of numerous books and short stories and has taught writing in courses for the Writer's Digest Schools and in workshops at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Date:  Wednesday, October 22

Time: 2:30 – 3:30  pm
Location: Woodward Technology Center Room 141/142


The lecture is sponsored by Friends of the Estelle M. Black Library.


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