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Reading and Writing from Life


The artist Miranda July has noted that creative production is about hypnotizing yourself into creating and then going back and editing with a critical eye.  The focus in this workshop will be on this recursive process of expansive, playful creation, followed by revision.  In our meetings, we will loosen up and access the playful, exploratory mode necessary to create first drafts.  Writing prompts and examples will help guide writers toward creation of your own essays and material toward longer pieces.  You will then produce one to two short, autobiographical essays (3-5 pages) which you will share with the group.  Readings will include short excerpts by writers such as Lydia Davis, Abigail Thomas, Lynda Barry, Nick Flynn, Maggie Nelson, and Paul Auster.

Author of The Itinerant Girl's Guide to Self-Hypnosis and What Is a Domicile, Joanna Penn Cooper has taught writing and literature at the college level for fifteen years.

This is a six-week course that will meet on Saturdays from 2-5 p.m., April 16th to May 21st, 2016.

Sign up here: Reading and Writing from Life Tickets

Later Event: March 11
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