“Writing for the Water Heater”

by Catherine Gammon

Writing As A Wisdom Project led by Catherine Gammon

Stillpoint in Lawrenceville, Saturday March 7

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Stillpoint Zen Community, Pittsburgh


Combining meditation in the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this workshop invites intimate and creative study of the mind. Engaging playfully with language, we write together from prompts and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative insight rather than craft or critique. The day is appropriate for participants at any level of literary or meditation experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.


Please bring paper and pens, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard. Please arrive by 8:45 to get settled, so that we can begin promptly at 9:00. We will take a break for lunch and everyone is encouraged to bring something (vegetarian) to share with others.

A contribution of $40 to Stillpoint ($30 for members) is suggested.

This offering provides dana for teaching and use of the space, and on this occasion will contribute to the purchase of Stillpoint’s new water heater. Any donation is welcome, but is not required for participation.

If you plan to attend or if you have questions please email liberationheart@gmail.com


Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer and Soto Zen priest, ordained in 2005 by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. Her novel Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published by Mercury House in 1991, and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years. Before beginning residential Zen training at San Francisco Zen Center’s Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm, Catherine served for ten years on the MFA faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

Stillpoint Zen Community, 137 41st Street, Pittsburgh PA