"Travel Writing in Time:Writing, Rebellion, and Memoir with Meaning: The Nature of Nature-Writing"
with Janet Thomas
"Writing, Rebellion, and Memoir with Meaning"
Friday March 7 - Sunday March 9, 2014 Friday & Saturday schedule: 9:00 - 11:30 am & 2:00 - 5:30 pm Sunday, 9 - Noon.
When we reclaim our lives in writing, we make clear who we are, what we mean, where we come from, how we got here, and why. We get to live our lives twice, complete with the grace of hindsight as well as with the honesty that makes each life compelling and true. This memoir workshop is about getting away from these dastardly sound-bite, disposable times and diving into the depths of our lives where our stories save the world. There is nothing to be critical of, nothing to judge, and nothing to correct. Many people bring to their adult lives a deep mistrust of their ability to write. All the red marks in school, the derision of professors, the impossibly subjective ivory tower of what makes “good” writing, creates a quicksand of judgment that can swallow a writer alive. And everyone who writes is a “writer.” And nobody can write our stories for us. And when we write them, we lay claim to our lives, irrefutably and completely. The only criteria is to tell the truth, to be fierce with reality, and to let the writing lead the way. It leads us into our lives in ways that deepen our appreciation of our own, and one another's stories. It broadens our relationship to the world within and the world without. It tosses all the red marks into the dustbin of someone else's “right” and “wrong” and liberates us into the unique and universal power of our own lives.
"Travel Writing in Time"
Friday, March 14 - Sunday, March 16
Friday & Saturday schedule: 9:00 - 11:30 am & 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Sunday, 9am - Noon.
Writing about your travels while you are traveling requires a certain kind of attention and inattention. You don't want your traveling to sidetrack your writing and you don't want your writing to sidetrack your traveling. This workshop is about taking note and taking notes; staying present and reflecting back; and using travel writing as a reminder of who you are, where you've been, where you're going--and why it matters. The outer journey needs the depth of the inner journey. The inner journey needs the boldness, the craziness, and the comic relief of the road and the rail to keep it on track. Both need quiet, reflective time back home to become a book. But blogging is now and has its place in real time travel writing. Travel-writing consciousness is limitless.
"The Nature of Nature-Writing"
Friday, April 4-Sunday, April 6th
Friday & Saturday schedule: 9:00 - 11:30 am & 2:00 - 5:30 pm : Sunday, 9:00 - noon.
Using the companionship of poets Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver and Saroji Naidu, this workshop embraces nature, writing, and reflection. Poetry is the tip of the iceberg and the top of the mountain. But the entirety of both mountain and iceberg must be present in a poem. These poets, each in their own unique way, explore nature as a metaphor for everything that matters as well as describe its simple and exquisite presence. Nature is nature, yet each of us in our own unique nature knows it, and writes about it, uniquely.