One-Day, In-Person Writing Seminar:
From Memory to Story--Writing the Short Memoir
Date and Time: Thursday, October 9, 10am-3pm
Location: Warehouse 521--521 Heather Place, Nashville, TN (Behind Baja Burrito)
Cost: $69 (includes lunch)
You have a story to tell--many stories, no doubt. You need to tell your story, not only to be understood, but in order to understand yourself. In this one-day seminar on the short memoir, Jonathan Rogers will help you find your voice and shape your memories into written stories.
The day's instruction will include short lectures, group discussions, and several short writing exercises. Optional pre-seminar exercises will be available two weeks before the seminar.
Topics to be Covered:
- Retrieving Memory
- Writing Place
- Writing People
- The Anecdote: An Appreciation
- Hearing Your Own Voice
- Mystery: What You Don't Know About What You Do Know
- Making Sense, Finding Meaning
Online Creative Writing Course:
Writing Close to the Earth, Part 1
October 20-December 1
“Fiction is about everything human, wrote Flannery O’Connor, “and we are made out of dust. If you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try to write fiction. It’s not a grand enough job for you.” Writing Close to the Earth is a six-week online creative writing course about getting dusty. Together we will develop the habits of “earthy” writing—writing that is concrete rather than abstract, concerned with the material facts of our existence.
Writing close to the earth is, ultimately, a theological approach to writing. We believe that this world is shot through with meaning—that this world, in all its beauty and brokenness, is where God reveals himself to us. We trust, therefore, that if we are faithful to write the world as we see it, truth and meaning will find their way to the reader.
The readings for this course will all be nonfiction, but the principles we work on will be equally relevant to fiction and to creative nonfiction. An important goal of this course is to help you find and trust your own voice as a writer, your “native tongue.”
Every two weeks we cover one component of “earthy” writing:
· Weeks 1-2: Concrete Language and Imagery
· Weeks 2-3: Learning to See
· Weeks 3-4: Place
Each week you will read and discuss one essay about writing and at least one essay that models the principles we are discussing that week. On Weeks 1, 3, and 5, you will submit an essay of approximately 500 words (about the length of a typical blog post). I will give feedback on your writing within a week. On weeks 2, 4, and 6, you will submit a revised and/or expanded version of the essay you submitted the previous week.