Description of Class
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One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome acclaimed author Megan Stielstra to the studio for this single-session master class on how to let your projects work through their phases, mess and all. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion
I went to see a play last night. It was great. I felt challenged and inspired and connected to something bigger than myself, every profound thing you want in the wake of great art.
I wager the play didn’t start out like that. There were rehearsals, ensemble-building, sets, sound, and with every step, discoveries were made. A deeper understanding of the characters and the story and what the piece would communicate to an audience—what the piece would share—was eventually achieved, but at the beginning, that play was probably a mess. Same is true for music; you think the orchestra just bounced on stage and landed Symphony No. 9, first try? The guitar riff from “Black Dog?” Jimmy Page did not pull that out of the clear blue sky. He put the Les Paul through a direct box, then a mic channel, then he used the amp off the board to get distortion and ran it through two compressors and triple-tracked each line, which I know because I looked it up on Wikipedia, but the point is this: Before the work can challenge us or inspire us or connect us to something bigger than ourselves, it gets to be a mess.
We get to make a mess.
This master class focuses on the development of an ongoing writing practice: what feeds us, challenges us, and sustains us. We’ll talk permission—yes you can write something that isn’t perfect!—discipline—no, the answer is probably not on Facebook—creative consumption—what are you reading and how does that contribute to what you want to make?—and shutting down the inner horrible critic who keeps getting in your way. Through close examination of the creative processes of professional writers and artists both classical and contemporary, students will walk out of the class with practical ideas on how to keep the writing going, from gut-inception to final goal, as well as what to do with the messes to get them where they’d like to go.