Take Frequency’s one day studio course May 3rd!
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No experience or 2nd language required. Open to ALL GENRES!
FW: How does translation function in your own creative practice?
JE: Translation gives me a chance to focus on technical aspects of writing without having to invent my own ‘material.’ The plot, characters, form, etc are all already there to work with, so I can focus on choosing the perfect word, phrase, or sentence and on creating the right voice, music, and literary effect.
Translation helps me expand my horizons by working on pieces I wouldn’t write myself. It exposes me to ways of writing that I might not find otherwise, or might find but not engage with so deeply. It helps read and write new things in new ways.
Translation helps me see language newly. It opens me up to new resonances and possibilities in English that I am able to see against the background of the other language.
FW: Who should take this class?
JE: Any writer or translator interested in stretching their brain and their practice in new and fascinating ways!
FW: Do students need to speak a second language?
JE: 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.
FW: What if I’ve never done this before?
JE: No problem! Find a text you’d like to work on and let’s give it a shot together!
This class is going to explore the many intersections between writing and art (musical, performance, lyrical, ext). Working in collaboration with one another we’ll challenge our writing, and give it fresh modes of expression.
I’m hosting a Free Writing Workshop Sunday, March 1st, from 12:00am-2:00pm at 186 Carpenter Street in Providence!
Bring a few copies of your in-progress poems, stories, nonfiction essays, and multi-media art. We’ll share the work, then offer informal group critique/advice/support. I will emphasize technical elements of craft, but this is meant to be flexible and open, so we’ll meet you wherever you’re at. I’m not sure the turn-out, so if numbers are too high to review everyone, we’ll draw names from a hat or split into groups. No sign-up is necessary!
Never been to a workshop? What to expect: You’ll read your piece aloud and other’s will comment. This is meant to be a safe, respectful place where members offer constructive criticism, craft advice, and support. Having your work examined can be intimidating and sometimes painful, so we’ll strive to make this space encouraging as well as challenging. If you are not comfortable having your writing reviewed (and engaged with on a deep level), this is not the right place for you. (If you are nervous about sharing your work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns for more pointed support).
Also, I’ll be hosting the Sunday Morning Free Write from 10:00am-12:00pm beforehand, so come to both if you want to generate and then share!
Looking for a way to connect locally with a supportive and encouraging group of diverse writers? Sign up for a Frequency class, or visit one of our free events.
We’re in this together, and writing is worth fighting for.
Join us on Saturday, October 6 for Writing in the Midst of Living, a one-day studio led by Evelyn Hampton. The studio will be modeled on life-drawing classes in which students are given exercises to hone specific techniques, and the instructor is available to guide participants and answer their questions as they work. During the studio, five in-class exercises will lead you through the writing process, from crafting beginnings, dealing with interruptions and stuckness, handling transitions, and writing endings. Time will also be given to discussing your writing and writing process.
Writing in the Midst of Living will be held at Ada Books, where we’ll be surrounded by good books in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to writing. A studio course can be a great way to begin a project, become unstuck, and learn new ways of engaging with the life of language.
This course is offered at a sliding-scale cost, $25-80 depending on your means. Find more information about the course and register here. Just a few spots remain!