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"Karen, do you see what you are doing
to me, and all the rest of my fellow writers too? You are...so
motivational! A new assignment comes and I have to sit right down and
write. I even have to sit right down and write when there isn't an
assignment. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"I'm having a blast--I've learned so much thus
far! [I enjoy] the enthusiasm, the encouragement, the respectful tone of
the critiques...the reaching out to one another.... I'm a
believer now and plan on additional classes after this one."
Facilitator: Karen Hertzberg
You want to write, but you feel you
lack the inspiration. Anne Lamott once said that anyone who survived their
childhood had enough material to keep them writing for the rest of their lives.
In this workshop, we'll learn how our own lives can inspire us and spark ideas
for vibrant fiction.
We'll learn how to use practice writing to shut out the voice of our critical editor and find the voices of our creators, with a special focus on getting down to the bone and touching raw emotions to spark powerful writing.
Week 2: Creative Calisthenics/Keeping a Journal
20 minute writing exercises will help tone our creative skills. We'll continue
to work on digging deep and writing hard and fast. Students will learn how to
keep a writer's journal full of thoughts and observations designed to spark
freewriting exercises to create vibrant, three-dimensional characters for your
fiction. We'll learn how to portray our characters in action by interviewing
them, and letting them speak in their own voices.
We'll search our freewriting for the "gold" that will eventually become a finished story. Students will learn to mine their writing for characters, themes, settings and even plots, as well as how to weave pieces of their own lives into fictional stories that will "grab" readers.
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Books recommended on this page are not required reading for participation in the course.
Natalie Goldberg's inspiring classic shows writers how to tap their creative energy by reaching deep and tapping emotional energy through freewriting.
Writer's Idea Book
With the aid of author Jack Heffron's prompts, you'll unearth lots of new ideas. You'll explore ideas you already have and figure out which ones to ditch. You'll even find new ways of seeing things you've already started. "The secrets to getting ideas aren't really secrets," says Heffron. "Open your mind and heart. Open your eyes and ears. Take risks. Trust your talent and your instincts." And remember: don't write about the things that seem like good ideas. Write about the things that thrill you.
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