Author Christian McEwen knows that in hectic times it’s hard to sustain a creative output, whether it’s writing, art or music. She offers insights on opening those doors of creativity in her book, World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. McEwen’s strategy in the midst of distracting surroundings is a valuable and meditative way to focus on your art, and this week she comes to west Marin to share these insights. First, McEwen appears for a reading and conversation on Friday, Feb. 27, at Pt. Reyes Presbyterian Church (11445 Shoreline Hwy., Pt. Reyes Station. 7pm. $10), then she leads a day-long retreat to put these lessons into practice on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Commonweal (451 Mesa Road, Bolinas. 10am. $75. 415.663.1542).