To be a writer is to be in a cage with a view.
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?
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.
Are you a fiction writer?
According to Wildman the class will, “explore a variety of ways of constructing works of fiction. We will find our inspiration not exclusively through exposure to other works of fiction (novels, short stories, etc.), but from “real life,” from poems, works of non-fiction, photography, film and music. Each week we will read or see or listen to something that will serve us as a model for the fictions we will make, which we will then discuss in class. A joyful open attitude combined with a commitment to show up each week and do the work is all that I expect and hope you’ll bring.” Click here to register!
This SATURDAY Feb 21st 4-6:00pm at 186 Carpenter is Frequency’s Open house and instructor readings! Free and open to all. Sarah Tourjee, Kate Schapira, Nick Rattner, and Victor Wildman will be reading from their recent works and talking about the upcoming classes! Bring your friends. Come have some snacks and listen to great writing!
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 email@example.com 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!
Want to find out what Frequency is all about?
Want to connect with other local writers?
Want to be inspired by the hard work of some seriously talented artists?
Then drop in to 186 Carpenter street, Providence, Saturday February 21st, from 4-6pm, and listen to some amazing writers read their work and talk about upcoming Frequency classes. All are welcome. This event is free, so bring friends and get ready to soak up some art!
Remember what you were like as a young writer?
Nascent scribbling of future dreams made me feel almost prescient; the act of journaling like a secret initiation into the clairvoyant club. There’s something magical about expressing one’s hopes and horrors, about the undeniable existence of ink soaking into paper, the crisp stain of symbols–a rapturous incantation if ever there was one.
Yes, work hard at your craft and stay humble in the face of good advice, but don’t forget the magic of scribbling down your secretes, giving shape to your demons and dared-to-dreams makes them easer to face. After all, your reader will trust you more if you know yourself.