Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 16 to December 11, 2021
(with no class on November 27)
Have you been wanting to write poetry about your own experiences, fictionalize past events in your life, or craft personal essays? This eight-week workshop will explore how writers can turn lived experience into art through an attentiveness to language, form, and surprise. Each class will begin with generative poetry, nonfiction, and flash fiction exercises. Students will read widely, studying writers such as Ocean Vuong, Rick Moody, Michelle Tea, Kiese Laymon, Robert Hass, Ángel Garcia, Carmen Giménez Smith, and others. Discussions will focus on theoretical aspects of language, memory, and truth as well as practical approaches to attending to and recovering a sense of wonder and complexity when writing about lived experience.
This class is open to students at all levels and will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)