“First We Read, Then We Write”
–title of Robert D. Richardson’s study on Emerson’s creative life
“Something that you feel will find its own form”
–Jack Kerouac, U.S. novelist and poet
“You have to write your own history, nobody’s going to do it for you. “
—Allen Ginsberg, bard, activist, professor
This class invites you to experiment with several creative forms that I have found engaging, energizing, and intriguing. The practice of imitation can lead to fresh inspiration for embarking on new work or for reclaiming work we’ve been putting off.
During class sessions we will examine the structure of works by Alice Walker, Svetlana Alexievich, Eduardo Galeano, and Joe Brainard. We will cover each book in two sessions. We will do relevant writing practices in and outside of class, for example, getting in touch with our vast storehouse of memories (Brainard). Also, by the end of each session we will make plans for writing on our own in the week ahead. Possible areas for exploration are personal and collective memoir and autobiography. Participants will be encouraged to connect during the week, and share how the writing and reading processes inter-are. I will be happy to meet up, listen, and share when it is convenient for you. Read the rest of this entry »