More online writing classes with Arielle at Inspiration2Publication coming Fall 2017.
International Women's Writing Guild: 40th Annual Summer Conference July 7 - July 14, 2017 Join us for a week of generative writing and community. I will be on faculty teaching songwriting for this week-long writing conference retreat. INFO HERE. Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
Feasting on Form: Noodling around with Experimental Creative Nonfiction October 31 - November 28, 2016
From holiday feasting to grocery shopping, every bite-sized moment is ripe for narrative discovery. What’s in your pantry? What’s not being eaten? The sensory experience of simply squeaking a utensil drawer open can trigger inspiration, but how can we scoop it up? Constraints foster creativity. Think croissants, croutons, and loaves of challah: they’re all flour. Like a baker’s set of cake pans, here we’ll explore creative inspiration in the menu and the mess, and serve it up by way of experimental, hybrid, lyric essay.
CLASS OBJECTIVES * Discover creative inspiration within the common minutia and fodder of everyday life. * Study and discuss the ways in which the assigned short pieces utilize found forms. * Explore structural constraints to generate new material with imagery and other sensory detail. * Write and revise short pieces of creative nonfiction that incorporate structure concepts inspired by the work we’ve read in class. * Connect with other writers by reading their work and offering feedback.
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is a 4-week exploratory, generative writing course. Each week we will read short non-traditional essays inspired by found forms, generate three first drafts of new writing inspired by the form, and enjoy lively discussion in our classroom forum about the assigned readings and each other’s original drafts. The syllabus provides prompts to get the discussion going—but students are encouraged to come up with their own questions and food for thought.