Where I’m From: Writing the Landscape of Home
In this six-week writing workshop, we will write into and through our concepts and frameworks for home as well as our personal relationships to the places that have been home to us. We will celebrate their complexity: beauty, difficulty, their physical attributes, their histories (laudable and problematic). We will consider how they have shaped the people who know them intimately, including ourselves. We will explore other places as foils, juxtaposed against our homelands. We will consider the homelands of our ancestors and how all the places of our people are carried within us.
In our course, participants read and discuss selections from nonfiction writers whose work centers on place and partake in both in and out-of-class generative writing exercises. As we progress in the course, participants’ writing will become raw material for the class, and each student will bring in a draft and receive feedback in workshop from both the instructor and fellow students. Together, we will ask questions about home and homelands, refine our ideas about how to best shape setting on the page, and consider the way place works as a character.
When: Six Wednesdays: October 19, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22
Note: This class will be capped at 12 participants so register soon to reserve your spot.
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