Description of Class
Illness, caregiving, healing. How can we write into these experiences? How can I gain the perspective we need to write? How can we talk about both clinical knowledge and profound emotions? How can we communicate personal experiences to others?
This generative workshop focuses on ways of communicating and understanding illness, healing, and care taking. Through activities and exercises specifically designed for writing into these experiences, we will explore different modes of writing. We will also look at published work for a greater depth of understanding and expression. You will leave the class with new writing, methods to inspire creative thinking, and revision strategies. We will seek to answer the question, “How can I find satisfaction and joy when writing about difficult, essential, and complex human experiences?”
Open to all genres of writing (fiction, memoir, poetry, theatre….)
Open all levels of writing experience.
Week 1: How do I get started or keep going? We will explore various methods for approaching the difficult task of understanding and communicating experiences of health and wellness through a series of quick, fun activities and reading Li-Young Lee’s poetry.
Week 2: What are other ways to see what I see? We will glean unexpected and profound writing by exploring different perspectives through several writing exercises and looking at Susana Moreira Marques’s nonfiction.
Week 3: How do I say all this stuff? We will consider the language, from the simple to the sublime to the medical, and practice creating writing that best expresses and communicates your ideas.
Week 4: Who am I writing for? Reading fiction by Grace Paley, we will experiment with the impact and use of writing intentionally toward different audiences.
Week 5: Can I make my work more effective? We will practice editing and revision techniques working both in groups and individually.
Week 6: How will I keep writing? We will celebrate our work and formulate methods and practices to support your writing after the workshop.Top