Are you tarot curious? Do you keep a journal? Would you like to begin to study the tarot and journal as you learn? Tarot provides a built-in structure for exploring many aspects of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual challenges we face in life (the very kinds of dilemmas that make for compelling writing). In this course you will learn a process for journaling to connect your life experiences to the imagery in the tarot. You will also learn how to use a tool called a tarot timeline that helps you generate source material to develop into the form of your choice (memoir, flash fiction, poem, short story, essay, blogpost, monologue or other). This personal tarot timeline gives you a fertile resource to add to and draw upon throughout the course of your writing life. The introspection required of you as you journal to create your tarot timeline affords you the opportunity to come to know yourself at a deeper level while honing your writing skills and learning about the tarot.
All writing levels welcome. No prior knowledge of the tarot necessary.
Introduction to tarot
Ace of Cups, The Heart: Life Experiences with Love, Emotions, Dreams (Water)
Ace of Disks, The Hands: Life Experiences with Wealth, Body, Manifestation (Earth)
Ace of Wands, The Will: Life Experiences with Passion, Authority, Inspiration (Fire)
Ace of Swords, The Mind: Life Experiences with Vision, Ideas, Focus (Air)
Revising towards polished work and exploration of submission targets.
Using the tarot cards as a focal point, we journal to make connections between tarot card imagery and the situations depicted and our own life experiences. In turn, we mine these reflections to inspire new writing projects.
- examples of cards under study
- a video introduction of the card of the week and its symbolism
- journaling questions to help connect lived experiences to the card
- feedback and editorial guidance
- optional art project using the tarot timeline and journal entries
- study the tarot’s structure
- write using tarot cards for inspiration
- create a tarot timeline
- revise work towards publication
- consider submission targets
- A blank journal
- Optional: tarot deck (images of example tarot cards will be provided)
Tania Pryputniewicz is a heart-centered writing teacher, poet, and tarot muse passionate about cross-pollination and hybrid forms from poetry movies to tarot haiku. Once trapped in a loveless romance in her early twenties as an undergraduate English Major, Tania found a tarot deck in a bookshelf that saved her soul and set her feet firmly on the Royal Road. She brings over twenty-five years as a writing teacher and practicing tarot reader to her tarot-inspired writing classes. Her teaching superpower is her ability to support students to take risks to deeply engage the private self in the pursuit of creating powerful writing across forms. Her classes offer specific steps for following the arrow of personal inquiry from draft to revised form to publication’s target at which point the writer enjoys the full circle gift of joining the public conversation.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania is the author of the poetry collection, November Butterfly (Saddle Road Press, 2014). Recent poems appeared in America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2018), NILVX: A Book of Magic (Tarot Series), The Rockvale Review and at SWWIM online. In Denmark, she presented her poems and poetry movies at Odense Lyrik 2018. “Two Gardens” won Rockvale Review’s time-themed poetry contest and granted her a residency in Tennessee at the Rockvale Writers’ Colony. Tania’s Heart’s Compass Tarot Workbook is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press in 2020. She teaches poetry at San Diego Writers, Ink and lives in Coronado with her husband, three children, one blue-eyed Siberian Husky and a formerly feral feline named Luna. She blogs at Tarot for Two and at her main site: www.taniapryputniewicz.com