with Pam Houston- March 19-22, 2020

Turning the Physical Stuff Of Your Life Into Story.jpg
Turning the Physical Stuff Of Your Life Into Story.jpg

with Pam Houston- March 19-22, 2020

625.00

March 19-22, 2020

Writing with Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country and Cowboys are my Weakness.

This workshop will be all about generating new work during the time we are together through a series of exercises around what I believe are the essential components of good prose writing (image, metaphor, structure, dialogue, character, scene, song others) and turning those components into comprehensible tools that are at our disposal.

At the heart of the workshop will be an examination of the physical stuff of your life and how you can use it to gain access to the emotional stuff. We will focus on all the ways the sensory details that surround us—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to that much more elusive interior landscape we are always trying to access when we write. If we write those details all the way down to the bone. If we sit in the dark with them and let them distill up from the swamps of memory. We will discuss what I believe to be the real artistry of prose writing: the way we dip our ladles into the bottomless pot of metaphor soup of our lived and witnessed experience and pull out what we need; the way we pick up hunks of the physical world and bring them back to the page, translated into language. We will be aiming for prose in which the language is always working in at least two ways at once, where metaphors dance between meanings like beads of water on a too hot grill. We will all, no doubt, be humbled in the face of languages unlimited possibility as well as its limitation. At the same time we will honor (and hope for) the inexplicable flights of creativity (and madness?) that take a good story and make it great.

Please come armed with pen, paper, or laptop, your vast memory banks, your active and engaged senses, and all the things you don’t even know you know. for more information on Pam:https://pamhouston.net/

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