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OUR PHILOSOPHY: Improvisation and play produce great writing. Get expert coaching, innovative exercises and supportive feedback at The Opening.



The Opening is a place for writing that emphasizes the intuitive mind of the writer. We prioritize open-ended exploration and a playful attitude for discovering the unexpected in ourselves, and in the world. By using innovative techniques to access our innate capacities for improvisation, and by heightening the sensitivity of our perceptual abilities, both the writer and the writing grow naturally.


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LOCATION: Santa Cruz courses are held downtown at 147 South River Street, Suite 203, Santa Cruz CA 95060. (Above Mobo Sushi) Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ltr02


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About the Instructor,
Andy Couturier

Books by Andy Couturier:

Writing Open the Mind Writing Open the Mind

Powerful writing comes naturally when the mind is energized & experimental; when it can take risks and follow the unexpected wherever it leads.

Pico Iyer says about Andy Couturier's writing: "It's been years since such a fresh and liberating voice has emerged..."

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A Different Kind
of Luxury

Gary Snyder
says: "Andy Couturier has written some very articulate pieces on the Japanese counter-culture."

Read excerpts on the book's blog

Beautifully illustrated literary profiles of people living extraordinary, simple, sustainable lives in rural Japan.

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