From Wild Mind to Experience: Writing in All Directions
This workshop offers inspiration in all genres — fiction, memoir, poetry. We’ll read, discuss and write, using unconventional prompts and exercises. We’ll build listening skills, word banks and approaches, always searching to understand and capture emotion, and finding alternatives to traditional ways of phrasing.
Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 4pm
September 5 to 26, in Santa Fe
Four sessions — $140
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Revision: The Beautiful Dirty Work
In this workshop, we’ll begin to make your poem, story or essay exactly right for the ear and eye, working line by line and word by word. We’ll also discuss how to clarify images, tone and direction.
List, Form + Break:
The Ritual of Poetry
Poetry can be confounding! For these three sessions, we’ll have the chance to talk about and practice several different approaches to writing a poem. We’ll consider sonics, compression and attention to image, giving you a better understanding of some of the tools a poet uses.
Expect to be startled by the resonant truth you discover in your writing. Join us—even if you’ve never written a poem.
Do you crave one-on-one assistance to begin or complete a creative writing project? Are you better served with personal guidance rather than a group setting?
Lauren can work directly with you to shape an idea that you just haven’t been able to move along. Email her for more info.
Leaving Places: Tapping into Memory
Almost everyone has a previous place they’ve lived. Some have been many places, leaving footsteps and fingerprints all around. Let’s return to some of those vistas and doorways and rooms, passing through again to find their important moments in your history. Expect to be surprised by how far your memory stretches.
The Surprising Form of Memory: Writing a Pantoum
The ancient pantoum is the ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers will have the chance to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before. Excitement builds quickly as students follow the form through to its ending.
The Voice of Praise
With so many things to worry over, we need to keep finding joy and celebrating gratitude. This feel–good workshop will help you write in praise of small beauties, large events or anything in between. Learn how to move beyond the obvious like and love into the deeper and more magnificent why. We will map at least one wonderfully ordinary element of our lives, lifting the subject up and enriching it with the finest elements of craft and wild attention.