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The Physical Stuff Of Your Life: A Generative Writing Workshop

Genre: Writing
Location: Madeline Island

The Physical Stuff Of Your Life: A Generative Writing Workshop

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Instructor: Pam Houston

About This Workshop

It is my strong belief that the physical world gives us everything we need to tell our stories. For me that is particularly true about the natural world. I also find that when I take my students out into the natural world, or a hike, in a kayak or just sitting on a porch they begin to notice the very glimmering things inside a landscape that will give them the tools to unlock their interior landscapes and do the writing they need to do.

In this workshop we will use the writing you bring with you, whether it be a few paragraphs of barely formed ideas or (up to) a 3000 word sampling of a project you already have underway, as a jumping off point to lessons of craft, exercises designed to carry you back in to the work in hopes of deepening it, or moving on from that idea to something that was waiting for you underneath. We will read some published work together as well (assigned in advance, available for free online) and talk about what makes it successful.

Perhaps most importantly, we will avail ourselves of beautiful Madeline Island on the shores of Lake Superior with activities like hiking, biking and boating to get us into our bodies, into the world and maybe even a tiny but out of our comfort zone, which always, always improves the writing. We will have class outside when the weather allows. Masks may be required inside, depending on what is happening with Covid.

Workshop Details

Dates:10/03/2022 to 10/07/2022
Level:All Levels
Materials List: Download




Tuition: $0

Lodging and Meal Options: $0

Total: $0 (plus tax) - Just $25% Minimum Deposit Required

Arrival Date: 10/03/2022

Departure Date: 10/07/2022

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