Some transitions are easily and mindlessly integrated into a life, but the task of major transitions is, in Rilke’s words, to ‘live the questions’ deeply. —Linda Blackman
Instructor Rob Williams says, “When I moved to the Bay Area, at the end of a long term relationship and many years in Southern California, I felt the need to record this transition, my fears and doubts, my goals and expectations, in order to better understand, reflect on, and ultimately celebrate this important life change.”
This class will provide a similar opportunity for writers to, as Rilke says, live the questions and write about them. This five-week workshop will guide you through the intricacies of change, whether you want to explore a story from your past, such as a coming of age moment, or focus on something from your present, perhaps a career change, retirement or relocation, divorce or breakup, or aging. Creating story marks this passage in a particular and often cathartic way.
We’ll begin with guided prompts and thoughtfully selected readings, including excerpts from Abbie Thomas’ What Comes Next and How to Like It, Darren Strauss’ Half-Life, and Michael Arceneaux’s I Can’t Date Jesus, among others. Students in the class can either re-create past or record current transitions, looking at them with a fresh perspective through scene building, vivid description and characterization, and, especially, reflection. You will compose these stories in a safe, encouraging environment, recording the wisdom of your experience.
Rob Williams teaches Creative Writing and English at Skyline College and has led writing workshops at San Diego Writers Ink on flash fiction and creative nonfiction. His essays and fiction have appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Versal, 400 Words, San Diego Citybeat Magazine and various anthologies including I Do/I Don’t and Foolish Hearts. He is the co-editor of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up and has received writing fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Fishtrap. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and worked as a Poetry Reader for W. W. Norton in New York City.
- Wednesday, January 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 30, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, February 6, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm