Writing is an art for which we have tools
to begin at almost any age, in youth or maturity, a way for us
to explore relationships and experience place.
residency would start by looking at stories to see how fiction
takes on important ideas, things we often can’t see or feel,
and how it makes those ideas palpable though a person’s unique
experiences. We’d find the places our own stories want to
come from to convey the traditions, themes, and characters of
fiction. Through activities, we unleash ideas from memories,
character traits, incidents, or places, mining each
participant’s unique history for story. Then we’d look at
basic structures to give stories form, and I’d share processes
that feed creativity.
Our work would be toward each
participant writing and revising a short story or memoir, or
synopsizing a novel and drafting at least a chapter. We’d
refine to strengthen effect, and I’d share various stages of
my work. While we create strong images and solid characters,
we’ll discover how fiction enriches our lives and illuminates
the places we live in. In all, we’ll help participants
develop their imaginative voices and explore themes that they
discover are important to them, all the while enjoying the
beauty and power of language.
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