Description of Class
Are you working on a novel, memoir, or non-fiction project? Did you start off with great enthusiasm, only to feel the project bog down? Are you overwhelmed by the complexity of the task? Has anxiety crept into your writing day?
You’re not alone. Author A.X. Ahmad knows that to produce good work, writers must be willing to get lost in their work, to produce writing that fails, to take wrong turns. It is only by taking risks in our work that we can learn and go deeper. However, this process of exploration often creates anxiety.
How then do we craft a writing process that allows risk, but also creates a safety net? How do we allow spontaneity and improvisation into our work, yet create coherence?
Borrowing from psychology, in this single-session, Saturday morning class, we will try to understand the anxieties inherent in creative processes, and how to manage them. We will also learn methods from other story-telling professionals who create complex, long-term creative projects: screenwriters, film editors, radio story tellers, and comic book artists.
The goal of this seminar is to create a writing process that works for you, and that allows you to be productive.
This seminar includes lecture, writing exercises, and videos.
Fiction, memoirists, and non-fiction writers welcome.