ANNOUNCEMENT!!! BIG HONKING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
Do you want to go to France this summer and be in a writing workshop taught by Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry ? They’ve been working together to develop a way of teaching writing that is a BLAST! Lynda Barry says:
"This class is about a kind of writing you may not know you’re good at. It has a lot in common with making visual art. It’s based on seeing, but it’s the mind’s eye kind. The kind that happens during a flood of memory; unwilled, vivid, easily described. A place you’re suddenly ‘in’.
We’ll use handwriting, simple drawings, unexpected imagery and a specific way of keeping a notebook to help us write both fiction and autobiographical stories and to track and identify the images that keep coming up in our work, a kind of writing that helps notice how and when these images show up in our day-to-day lives, gives us an understanding of our history with them and just where they may be trying to take us.
Becoming accustomed to a kind of spontaneous image-based writing can help us tremendously in writing both autobiography and fiction along with other writing tasks like artist statements, response papers, project descriptions, reports, reviews, etc. All you’ll need is a pen, a composition notebook, a pile of candy, and your two bare hands.”
She also says: “I love LOVE teaching with Dan Chaon. He is a genius writer and a genius teacher.”
FOR APPLICATIONS AND MORE INFO: blogs.butler.edu/chamonix
Dan Chaon teaches creative writing at Oberlin College.
Lynda Barry teaches writing and picture-making at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.