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"[The arts are] bound to inspire imagination and creativity and awaken in scores of young people a yearning and talent many don't know resides in them."
"Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
Myth, Magic & Metaphor, A Journey into the Heart of Creativity attempts to awaken the aesthetic sense, the creative muse who lurks within us all.
Today, in a cognitive/technical society, people have become more and more removed from the instinctive aspect of the psyche. My task as author is to enhance the creative spirit through myth and metaphor, to restore the sense of wonder adults experienced as children. My method is multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, and holistic. There are no limitations to what thoughts, ideas, observations, or research could and might be used to stimulate the creative process. The ultimate tool is the human heart. The medium is words. Philosophy, art, music, and linguistics are some of the disciplines used as stimulation.
As Phyllis Whitney said, learn to "think with a pencil." What comes out on paper may be the most wonderful gift you have ever received. And, just think, dear reader, you gave it to yourself!
Before writing Myth, Magic and Metaphor as a book, Patricia taught a class by the same name both at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis and at Anne Arundel Community College, Continuing Education. The following is one of the many letters forwarded to Patricia. It reflects the same attributes taught in the course as are found in the book. In the latter case: to make the reader into a writer.
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my feeleings about a course I recently attended (Myth and Magic / Pat Daly, Advanced Writers Workshop).
"I would also to express my gratitude to the instructor. I entered Ms. Daly's course as a 'Literary Snob', but I left with a new appreciation for the written word. Prior to attending this course, it had been twenty years since I had opened a book with Hemingway, Joyce, or Faulkner on the cover. After attenting Ms. Daly's first session, I found myself racing to the library in search of these authors. Ms. Daly reintroduced me to a world that I had long forgotten. She provided stimulation, inspiration, and a desire to catch up on all I had missed.
"For me, more inportant than the rediscovery of other authors was the writer I discovered inside myself through Ms. Daly's class exercises. These exercises taught me a new way of writing.
"The only complaint I have about the course is that it was far too short. There was so much more we could have covered." . . .
(A former student)
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