Want a Reason?

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Your motivation: When you share your work, you are giving back to the community. Reading to an audience can be many things: a sacrifice, a vanity, a way to distance yourself from the suffocating intimacy of creation, an effortless performance, or an exhaustive act of will. We are social creatures, and learn by sharing. Whatever your reasons, however the act strikes you, share your art. Not everyone has a Lavinia Dickinson waiting in the eves. The world is better for your art.

Frequency OPEN MIC AND AUTHOR READING
DATE: Thursday, April 30th
TIME: 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street

FREE.

Frequency’s Last One Day Studio

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INSTRUCTOR: Josh Edwin
DATE: Sunday May 3, 2015
TIME: 10am-2:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street
Tuition: $50
Click here to register

  1. Who should take this class?

Any writer or translator interested in stretching their brain and their practice in new and fascinating ways!

  1. Do students need to speak a second language?

No, they don’t need to have a second language. Having one is, of course, advantageous, but it’s not strictly necessary. There are all kinds of interesting translation experiments that can be done without fluency in a second language.

  1. What if I’ve never done this before?

No problem! Find a text you’d like to work on and let’s give it a shot together!

When You Don’t Feel It, Forget About Feelings

Malcolm Ashman

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.”  ― Maya Angelou

And while you’re playing mind games with your muse, try some mental manipulation. If invention is the mind’s misfire, the key to inspiration lies in self-deception:  http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

Writing Exercise

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1) Think back to a person who helped you — that you were never able to thank.

2) In your story or pome, cast that person as the villain (omitting backstory or explanation for their “negative” actions).

3) Recall a person who harmed you, and never received their just punishment.

4) Cast that person as the hero or sympathetic protagonist.

5) Here’s the hard part. We know change, or the potential for change, must occur for there to be a sense of movement, purpose or meaning in our writing. Throughout your short piece, give these two characters the chance for change, but conclude with each remaining essentially positive or negative. Can you do it?

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Estimating Happiness

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It’s not news that humans are flawed when predicating what that will make our future-selves happy. Evolution hasn’t caught up yet. We still (in action) opt for the instant gratification, over-valuing the now, and fixate (in thought) on the future/past, undervaluing the current moment. Writing exercises our ability to predict the future and process the present. What writer, on their deathbed, thought “I wish I’d written less?” Yes, writing is hard, it dredges up the muck of self-deception and suppression. But unearthing our personal filth creates depth. Write. Your future self will thank you.