Much like Greek mythology of the past, sportswriting can be a way for modern audiences to mythologize the most epic moments and achievements we've witnessed.
“Whether a one-time spectator, a diehard fan, or a former player, we all have a sports story to share,” says instructor Alan Chazaro. “What of the mother whose son scored those winning points in an important high school game? What of the immigrant who attends their first NFL stadium on a Sunday afternoon? Or the time you ran a relay race as a child and your classmates cheered you on while you crossed the finish line? These are the limitless ways to understand our relationship to the power of sports, and the universal lessons they might reveal about who we are, what we know, and how we love.”
In this course, with a team of supportive writers at our side, we will write about sports-related topics through in-class writing exercises and optional homework assignments. To help us expand our own skills and possibilities as writers interested in sports, we will read essays and excerpts from an array of examples, provided by working people who barely watch sports to professional analysts with theories about how an athlete has contributed to developments in rocket science. Each voice we read will teach us about form, length, style, sequence, and technique.
Alan says, “Sports are, above anything else, a physical language for human connection, a way to bring together a group of people for a common passion. This class is about the journey to capture that feeling and spirit in writing, regardless of our experience or expertise with sports. Participants will walk away from class with a rough draft of at least one sports story, as well as ideas for new beginnings.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote 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 email@example.com.
Alan Chazaro is the author of This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and Piñata Theory (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). He is a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a former Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco. He is currently a creative writing adjunct professor in the Bay Area, and the co-founding editor at HeadFake. Find him on Twitter @alan_chazaro.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, October 05, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, October 12, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, October 19, 6:30pm-9:00pm