Writing from the Body: Breath, Sound and Movement Transform Expression

Words are our prerogative as human beings. Words contain worlds and through writing we discover a profound way of exploring ourselves and communicating with others. Through breath the body creates words and moves the hand to inscribe. The body that provides our first order of experience becomes our writing laboratory. Neuroscientific research supports the ancient knowledge that there are three centres of intelligence in the body—brain, heart and gut. Their stimulation, prompted by movement and poetry, forges a new way of writing what matters most to us.

A $50 discount will be applied automatically for adults 55+.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Ingrid Rose $170.00 0 Join Waitlist

Schedule clarification: This is a four-week online course. It runs from Monday, February 8 to Friday, March 5. Each week, all week, you can study that week’s material, post and respond to messages, and engage in course activities. You will participate in live videoconferencing sessions each Wednesday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. PT.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Let go to the intelligence of your soma
  • Create surprising words, lines, and sentences that emerge from your somatic dives

Learning methods

Your online learning will include the following methods:

  • Writing exercises, creative responses and feedback
  • Participation in written discussions with other students
  • Participation in videoconference seminars

For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.


Week 1: Introduction to the basics of specific sounds and breaths, and to a creative response/feedback method. Explanation of "continuum dives" and prompts for five-minute in-class writing. Starting "homeplay"—in breakout groups, three minutes of each of us sharing a piece of writing out loud and receiving feedback.

Weeks 2 to 4: Each week: sounds and breaths, the creative response and feedback method; two rounds of continuum dives and prompts for five-minute in-class writing; in breakout groups, sharing a piece of our writing out loud and receiving feedback.

Books, materials and resources

You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.

Technical requirements

This course is delivered using SFU's online learning system, Canvas. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.  

To get the most out of this online course, you should be comfortable doing the following:

  • Using everyday software such as browsers, email and social media
  • Navigating a website by clicking on links and finding pages in a menu
  • Downloading and opening PDF documents
  • Posting, replying and uploading images to a discussion board
  • Participating in videoconferencing sessions

You will be participating in videoconferencing using Zoom Meetings. For this, your computer needs to have a camera, microphone and speakers or headphones. Your computer software should be up to date with the latest available operating system and browser versions.

Accessing your course

  • A few days before the course starts, we will email you more information about the course and how you'll access it. You will also receive an email inviting you to access the Canvas learning platform (click on the link in the invitation to join the course). Once you’ve accessed Canvas, you can begin exploring the platform on your own. The full course will be accessible on its start date.
  • We’ll also host a virtual drop-in time on Zoom Meetings a few days before the course starts. This will give you a chance to check that you can access Zoom Meetings, and that your computer’s camera and microphone and speakers are working properly.

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