Description of Class
If you want to be a writer, keep a journal. That’s what people tell you. But what does that really mean? Are you required to record every morsel you put in your mouth? Every thought you have all day?
One thing’s certain, to be a writer you must be forever in conversation with your surroundings. You must absorb details— a leaf’s size and color, the subtle changes in a loved one’s expression—and use your own unique point of view to distill those details onto the page.
In this four week class, you’ll look to others for inspiration, comparing the work of writers like John Cheever and Sylvia Plath against their journals to understand the relationship between a writer’s raw materials and their art. Instructor Sarah Terez Rosenblum will help you navigate the importance of daily practice and personal exploration.
But the real focus will be on you. You’ll hone your instrument, learning to support your own processes. You’ll do this through a combination of reading and discussion, writing exercises, and informal workshopping, as well as, yes, daily journaling—whatever that means to you.Top