Courses

Following the Spiral: Creative Nonfiction and Photography

Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session, 1.5 hours
Day: Sunday, February 19, 2023
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am PST
Format: Online/Virtual Workshop

“The Greeks entered into Death backward: what they had before them was their past.” – Roland Barthes Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography.

A photograph is more than a moment captured in time. It holds the concept of history, self, and future within its frame. And as the photograph holds more than what the eye can see, it also houses a mystery lost with the passing of time. 

The photograph becomes the medium in which the past is recognized; however, the unseen in the photo provides the understanding and insight that writers can pull into their creative nonfiction pieces. 

This workshop will investigate the conversation between text, images, and memories. We will examine time, and the way memories, point of view and photographs can frame a narrative. We will spend time looking at examples and writing. This is a generative workshop.

Hermit Crab Essay Workshop

Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session, 1.5 hours
Day: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am PST
Format: Online/Virtual Workshop

Early bird pricing special ends March 18

A term developed by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola in their book Tell it Slant, the “hermit crab” essay explores using other forms for your narrative. You can borrow many forms to be the home for your narrative, from an almanac to a recipe. It is a methodology that can use for the whole text or as a generative process. This workshop will dive into the elements of borrowed forms, explore authors who have honed the craft of the hermit crab essay, and provide the space for your own creations.

Interested in taking a class but the date and time does not work for your schedule? No worries. All registered participants will receive a recording of the session within two business days of the class.

“Expressing yourself is not nearly enough. You must express the story”
– Margaret Atwood

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