Through the Trap Door: Using Images to Access the Subconscious, with author Tzivia Gover

Ray Bradbury once said that nouns are like trapdoors to the subconscious. Objects and images can work as secret doorways, transporting writers into realms full of literary and narrative richness. In this three-hour workshop, we will explore the imaginative power of imagery that arises from our subconscious and dreams.  Through innovative techniques and prompts designed to access these generous depths, we will call up language that brings new emotional power to our writing. For guidance, we’ll examine the work of writers such as Lynda Barry, Toni Morrison, Lucille Clifton and others who write in this vein, as we welcome a new relationship to our subconscious minds. You will leave with tools and techniques for breathing fresh life into your writing!  Writers of all levels and genres are welcome!  

Saturday, March 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Tzivia Gover is the author of The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep and Joy in Every Moment. She is a writer, educator, and certified dream therapist and the director of the Institute of Dream Studies. Gover has led numerous workshops and panels about dreams, mindfulness, and writing, and she holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University. She is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the founder of 350 Dreamers, an international network of people who dream together for global healing. Find out more at

Tzivia Gover