Do you struggle to find time to write? Do you have a project in mind that you just can’t find your way into? Or do you simply want to try out something new? In this class we will focus on the tender excitement of getting started: we will learn to see the opportunity in the blank page.
“We will get going with writing prompts from a variety of genres,” says instructor Leora Fridman, “and we’ll look beyond our notebooks and keyboards for inspiration, using strategies from the visual, the somatic, and other modalities of the body and mind. We’ll write in response to prompts from visual art, found objects and more -- and participate in collaborative writing exercises that will push us into new territory.”
Although you’ll have optional opportunities to share your work with the class and to support one another’s writing, this is not a workshop focused on critique or revision. We're focusing our attention on starts and experiments. During class, we’ll also spark creativity by reading examples of contemporary writing, with an emphasis on lyric and shorter forms.
At the end of the course, you will have a new understanding of your own writing process, a selection of prompts you can use moving forward, and brand-new starts that you can draw from and revise on your own time. This course is appropriate for those with lots of experience in writing and for those with very little experience—the purpose of the course is to generate your own momentum in ways that will be useful across all genres of writing.
Leora Fridman is the author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on a book of nonfiction. Her poems, prose, and translations appear and are forthcoming in magazines including Tricycle Magazine, Pacific Standard, Temporary Art Review, and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught for universities and community organizations across the country. She is a recipient of multiple grants and honors from supporters including the Vermont Studio Center, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Dorot Foundation.
- Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, November 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, November 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, December 6, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, December 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Leora is a great teacher, well prepared, creative, enthusiastic, and supportive.
True to the class description, we explored a wide variety of writing prompts and exercises for generating writing and ideas. Each class had a different theme with varied exercises, and was structured with a nice balance of writing and discussion, discussion both as a full class and in pairs. Some of the ideas for writing techniques were ones I had never heard of before, that were great fun, and generated interesting and surprising material.
I highly recommend The Writing Salon, and Leora Fridman. I've taken writing classes elsewhere in the past, but I've found The Writing Salon to be more supportive and encouraging, and the class timing and homework expectations are just right for those of us with a day job that pays the bills.