“Powerful writing stimulates the senses,” says instructor Kimberly Lee. “Infusing our pages with details evoking smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight leads to a multi-dimensional experience, for writer and reader, that stays with us long after we’ve left the page.”
In this five-week class, we'll use creative prompts to spend time with each of our senses, employing them as inspiration for juicy, textured writing. In addition to the five senses we know best, we’ll learn about and engage in writing inspired by other senses, such as proprioception (sensing movement) and interoception (sensing what’s going on inside our own bodies).
We’ll also write with intuition, often referred to as the “sixth sense,” through the SoulCollage® method of making small collages with personally resonant images. After being directed through the process of creating a collage, participants will develop a piece of writing inspired by their creation.
Students will have opportunities to share their writing—if they choose—and receive helpful feedback. Short readings from writers like Lydia Davis, Han Kang, and Doug Nufer will provide examples and ideas for how to effectively incorporate the senses into our own writing.
Gretchen Rubin said, “We each live in the brew of our own sensations.” Let’s make use of that brew to generate rich, delicious writing!
About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Lee left the practice of law some years ago to focus on motherhood, community work, and creative pursuits. A graduate of Stanford University and UC Davis School of Law, she is an Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator and affiliate and serves on its board of directors. She is trained and certified by The Center for Journal Therapy, The Center for Intentional Creativity, and SoulCollage®. A former editor and regular contributor at Literary Mama, Kimberly has also served on the staffs of Carve and F(r)iction magazines. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Minerva Rising, LA Parent, Toyon, The Ekphrastic Review, Read650, and elsewhere. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, January 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, January 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 01, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 08, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm-9:00pm