Week 1: Sounds True
Writing is a way of slowing down our thought processes, lining them up, testing their currency. To sound is to go to the depths—discover, uncover and recover. In this first class we will track how our ideas emerge through the sieve of imagery, word by word and how, once out there, they can be weighed and changed.
Week 2: A Question of Form—Do I have Style?
In this class we will use any of your occasional writing or memories of incidents and dream fragments (bring journal entries, shopping lists, notes left as reminders, poems, emails) to explore the tactics you use to express yourself in daily exchanges.
Week 3: Is It a Story Worth Telling?
The personal is political was the sixties rallying cry to raise individuals’ consciousness that their lives were significant and influential. In this class we will explore what is unique about the way you tell the story and how the familiar piques a reader’s interest.
Week 4: Mining our Memories
Mark Twain wrote in his Autobiography, I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it. As a gifted writer and performer, he knew disruption is where imagination can enter. Through a series of exercises, we will fill in the missing blanks authentically.
Week 5: Between the Lines
A writer cannot control a reader’s response but, through tuning lines and sentences fast or slow, lyrical or dissonant, we can test the accuracy of expression by resonance in another’s ear. In this class we will exercise our ‘listening’ skills and apply what we’ve heard to re-frame our texts.
Week 6: ‘Proofreading’ Out Loud
This last class is an opportunity to read a piece of your writing developed during the course to the group.