Check out Maria Popova’s article on Jack Kerouac’s explanation of the difference between talent and genius.
It’s Time To Write
Making Fiction: a craft studio
This class will explore nontraditional approaches to writing fiction. During the first part of the day, we will discuss craft through the work of writers including John Cage, WG Sebald, and Matthew Goulish. We will also examine some unusual journals, such as one documenting, with illustrations, the writer’s favorite kinds of light. We will look to other forms–such as the lecture, the catalog, the formula, the homage–and practice turning these forms into containers for fiction. Before taking a short break for lunch, we will watch several brief videos by physicist Richard Feynman illustrating the importance of curiosity and investigation to any creative endeavor. During the second part of the day, we will generate new writing through several short writing exercises. Besides creating new work, one of the goals of this studio is to emphasize that fiction can take an endless variety of forms.
Sign up at: Making Fiction
Stephanie Wortman will be reading at Books on the Square on Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm. She’ll be reading poems from her first and newly released book, In the Permanent Collection, which was selected for the Vassar Miller Prize. Stephanie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College.
Maybe this just continues my tradition of falling for
emotionally unavailable totally checked-out men, but in the case of Kharms, who cares.
Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) is a writer of short fiction, a poet, a diarist, a playwright– all of those things but none of them. As his translator, Matvei Yankelevich, says in the intro to Today I Wrote Nothing, “…in many of his best works, Kharms tests the waters of oblivion and then dives into negation, perhaps knowing that nothingness and infinity are one and the same.”
I love how his pieces feel strange but not, never, artificial. I never see the “writerly” or workshop-y move. It’s as if he’s too honest to actually be a writer.
Here’s one of his short pieces.
Blue Notebook #10
There was a redheaded man who had no eyes or ears. He didn’t have hair either, so he was called a redhead arbitrarily.
He couldn’t talk because he had no mouth. He didn’t have a nose either.
He didn’t even have arms or legs. He had no stomach, he had no back, no spine, and he didn’t have any insides at all. There was nothing! So, we don’t even know who we’re talking about.
We’d better not talk about him any more.
WRITING CLASS RI
WRITING WORKSHOPS RI
Here’s a list of links!
Check out a human book through the Human Library of Rhode Island.
The Night Writer by Jonathan Baumbach is one post in a series on anxiety, stress, writing, and sleep.
Take Five: an exercise in documenting art, culture, life by Mary-Kim Arnold.
If you’re looking to follow the blog of a writer with seemingly limitless energy for encouraging other writers, check out Matt Bell’s blog.
And when you’re feeling like writing and winter combine to make you the loneliest person in the world, read about the loneliest job in the world.
“Move Around,” an essay by Casey Plett.
2014 RISCA grant applications are now open!
Rhode Island artists who have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner are encouraged to apply for a RISCA Fellowship award.
The April 1 deadline is for artists working in the disciplines of: Crafts, Fiction, Photography, Play/Screenwriting, Film & Video, Poetry, Three Dimensional Art
Find out more information here
Why not give it a shot! Frequency believes in you.