Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.
A FICTION AND NONFICTION WORKSHOP
This workshop is only open to K-12 educators.
As teachers, we endlessly encounter the raw stuff of story: conflict, power imbalance, pressure, humor, horror, a secret note left on the classroom floor. Is storytelling’s ubiquity in teaching one reason why so many teachers are writers? In The White Album, Joan Didion says: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In classrooms, at the copier, or walking quiet halls after students have gone for the night, teachers rely on storytelling to persist through what can often feel like an emotional crucible. Stories provide comfort, psychological insights, empathy practice, means of connection, and powerful instructional models for our students. What else does story give us? We will aim to answer that question, together.
In this six-week online workshop, we will explore and generate story—be it fiction or creative nonfiction—and elements of narrative craft as applicable to the first-time writer as the seasoned novelist. Participants will have an opportunity to take a break from instruction to enjoy the process of making, in the particular way an art student makes in the studio. We will play, experiment, discuss the process, tear up the pages, keep the notes, and start over. This workshop will be shaped by the interests and input of its participants and will focus on the creation and refinement of your own stories. All are welcome.