Channeling Fire, Playing with Magic: A Workshop

with Swati Khurana & Chaya Babu

Friday, November 22, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Media Gallery

1 Session, 3 Hours (6:30PM-9:30PM)
November 22, 2019


Do you find Tarot cards fascinating, but don’t quite understand them? Do you have a creative project and want to feel more momentum and purpose? Do you want to use the archetypes and symbolism of the Tarot in your work?

Come to the Autumnal Equinox Tarot and Storytelling and learn (or have a refresher on) how the cards work, learn to do an intuitive reading about your creative process, and come away with some fresh pages of new writing. This hands-on class will cover the basics of the card meanings (from a decolonized, anti-racist, and non-binary perspective) and lead participants through writing exercises that channel their inner High Priestess for the purpose of generating new work. Be prepared to grab your journal and favorite pen, bring your deck or use the ones we provide and dig deep!

Learn interpretation and spread designing by doing the real thing. Channel the energy of the workshop into your own creative and spiritual practice.

Handouts and Tarot decks will be provided for each student.

Swati Khurana started her career as a multidisciplinary visual artist, exhibiting her embroidery, drawing and installation work at the Queens Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and DUMBO Arts Festival before earning her MFA in fiction at Hunter College. She has received writing fellowships and awards from the Center for Fiction, Kundiman, the Jerome Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and New York Foundation for the Arts. Her fiction and essays have been featured in Guernica, The Offing, and The New York Times, and recently as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2019. She is a founding member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), a public speaker on feminist art/social media/activism, and her Tarot practice has been featured in Teen Vogue.

Chaya Babu is a Brooklyn-based writer, journalist, artist, and educator. Her work focuses on desire, power and oppression, cities, exile, systemic and intergenerational trauma, and more. She completed her MFA in Writing & Activism at Pratt last May, and she has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, BuzzFeed, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Her essays, commentary, and reporting have appeared in The Margins, The Porter Gulch Review, VICE, Open City, BuzzFeed,, The Felt, Go Home! (anthology), and others, with her visual art having been shown at Project for Empty Space in Newark. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, about the impossibility of return after diaspora and the epistemic violence of colonialism. Chaya uses tarot to inform her craft, her healing practice, and guidance for others seeking to connect to their intuition.

Check out this interview with the instructors!:

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