6-Week Generative Writing Class
When: Thursdays, 5:30 - 8pm, June 8 - July 13; Thursdays, 5:30 - 8pm EDT, July 20 - August 24.
Each class is capped at 12 students
Let’s avoid the blank page. For a lot of us, it’s too anxiety-inducing—whether we’re starting a new chapter, a new section, or an entirely new project. In this generative writing class, you’ll borrow from your existing writing to make new writing.
Bring at least one manuscript—poetry, fiction, nonfiction—at any stage and of any length. You’re encouraged (but not required) to share why you chose it: “I’m tempted to abandon it.” “I don’t know if I’m revising the life out of it.” “I worry it’s the best thing I’ll ever write.” You’ll then follow prompts designed to defamiliarize or complicate what’s there. The prompts will address the sentence-level (using figures of speech, such as anadiplosis and anaphora) and the idea-level (maybe a brief scene in one work deserves to be its own work). You’ll play around with cut-up techniques and erasure. Each week you're welcome to bring a different manuscript or the same manuscript.
We’ll move back-and-forth between conversation and generative exercises. My goal is for you to leave the class with 1) new writing you’re excited about, and 2) strategies to help you keep writing when you feel stuck.