Writing from Within

Writing from Within:
An 8-week class devoted to sculpting a writing practice,
losing the “shoulds,” and finding your voice

We live in a culture obsessed with speed, striving, and success. These values often wreak havoc on our writing lives. In “Writing from Within,” we’ll take a vacation from word counts and outlines to rediscover soulful seeking. We’ll offer our muse a hammock instead of putting a gun to her head. And we’ll turn to innovative, inspiring authors like Brenda Ueland, Lynda Barry, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jamaica Kincaid to find keys to unlock our creative lives and tap into intuitive approaches. A course for writers on all stages of the journey: beginning, advanced, and rest-stopped (but ready to get back on the road).

September 13- November 1.
Thursdays, 7-9pm
Fee: $400
Location: Nate’s Baked Goods. (Adorable Clarksville bakery tucked behind Fifth Street, whose owners have generously agreed to open the space for us. Delicious light dinner and pastries, as well as teas and coffees will be available half an hour before class.)

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  1.  Week One: The Art of Disappearing (and Showing up in Your Creative Life)
    Reading: Naomi Shihab Nye, “The Art of Disappearing”; Brendan Galvin, “Returning a Lawn to the Field it Was”
  2. Week Two: The Art of Slow Writing
    Reading: Louise DeSalvo, Introduction to The Art of Slow Writing
  3. Week Three: Lazy, Happy Writing
    Reading: Excerpts from Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write
  4. Week Four: Notebooking
    Reading: Excerpts from Lynda Barry’s Syllabus
  5. Week Five: Defending Your Dreaming
    Reading: Excerpt from Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry; Excerpt from Alan Lightman’s The Art of Wasting Time
  6. Week Six: Finding Your Voice
    Reading: Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”; Lisa Hanawalt, “Hot Dog Taste Test”; Video: Caroline McHugh TED Talk
  7. Week Seven: Behaving Badly
    Reading: Christopher Morley, “Sauntering” ; Excerpts from Jack Handey’s Deep Thoughts; Excerpts from Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist
  8. Week Eight: For a New Beginning
    Reading: Parker Palmer, “Let Your Life Speak”;  John O’Donoghue, “For a New Beginning”