A stunt is a feat of daring, an act with a beginning and end, focused on showing off a specific skill. The Stunt Writing For Personal Experience class includes prompts, lectures, readings, and discussions for writers of any age, at any level. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Stunt Writing For Personal Experience is a process that uses writing as a tool for you to learn about yourself, and gain skills in communicating your own unique story.
Why take the Challenge?
I think that it is easier to get beyond your boundaries but with a framework or goal in mind. Sometimes just finishing something five weeks long is a goal and win in itself. Trying new things, expanding your sense of yourself, getting out of ruts or even just taking a time-out to focus your feelings on one issue that you haven’t had time to synthesize.
As Dan Gilbert, who wrote the book Stumbling on Happiness, and his eponymous TED Talk said, “Research suggests that people are typically unaware of the reasons why they are doing what they are doing, but when asked for a reason, they readily supply one.” We think we know why we choose one thing over another, why we follow the same path, why we order the same thing….but we don’t. We just have rote responses for why we act they way that we do. It is time to slow down, sit with yourself, and use the Stunt Writing experiential exercises and writing to synthesize what is on your mind.
Why do I get excited about this class?
It is a process. People without any idea of what the class is about, take the leap, from around the world (!) and five weeks later we have turned a corner. That you can make a definitive change in your life in a few weeks is pretty amazing. And you are doing it yourself based on a method, that you can do every year, and keep present in your life. It is not something done to you – a procedure or a recipe for success, it is what you find that makes it so magical.
Why am I taking the Challenge?
I think it is fun to sit on the sidelines and teach, but I also need to keep myself engaged and learning new things. I have found that over and over I return to the same discomfort in my life. My brain wants to exist without my body. I can literally melt into a computer for hours without even thinking to go outside and greet the real-life day. Finding ways to reconnect my body and mind has always been a challenge and I think I am ready to try some new modalities or come up with a new balanced practice.
My stunt will be a mix between trying new body-mind connected activities and trying to engage in having the discipline to have a strict practice. I will follow the same method and rules as the class and report back what I find here. I believe that you can be the teacher and the student. More to come!
Resources, Information and Enrollment:
Follow these steps to download the Stunt Writing “Badge” image of your choice:
- On a MAC click and hold or on a PC right mouse click on one of the images below until a dialog box appears.
- If you are using Internet Explorer, select “Download image to disk.” If you are using Netscape, select “Save this image as.”
- Usually you’ll want to rename the image, giving it a name that will make sense to you a few months down the line. In the “Save image as” box, change the name of the picture to the name you have chosen. If you intend to use the image on a web page, make sure there are no spaces in the name you choose.
- If you are working on a Mac, also make sure that the name you choose ends in .jpg (if you are using a PC it will automatically insert this extension for you).
- Click on the “save” button. You now have a copy you can post to your own page.