Naomi Shihab Nye: First Saturday, Mendocino 2016

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Mendocino, 9 January 2016

Think of things that disappear.

Think of what you love best,
what brings tears into your eyes.

Something that said adios to you
Before you knew what it meant
or how long it was for.

— Naomi Shihab Nye

Teaching at the Mendocino Art Center, Jan/Feb 2016

Self is pretty psyched. Aside from a class for UCLA Extension Writers Program (starts Feb. 10), she is back in Mendocino to teach two writing workshops for the Mendocino Art Center this winter (Scroll down for Contact/Registration Information):

The first, January 22 – 24, is:

Journeys: Exploring Inward While Traveling Outward

Grounding in the world — it’s what the best travel writers have. This grounding can be honed. At the same time that travel brings a sense of discovery, and satisfies a deep human need to explore, to learn, to know, and to test oneself, the travel writer needs head space to make sense of the new sensations/sights/sounds — to create, out of all the different new experiences, a coherence. A theme.

Whether the focus is landscape or character, the participant will learn how to utilize specific techniques (like judicious use of juxtaposition) to re-create a travel experience. We’ll stay away from the all-too-easy tendency to exoticize different cultures. We’ll examine the responsibilities of witnessing and of sharing basic human truths.

Experience. Memory. Process.

Bring it on!

2nd Workshop:

One Story, Six Ways

Feb. 6 -7

Begin with an image. Begin with a song. Begin with a memory.

Learn to write that thing, six different ways.

That’s it! Could anything be more straightforward?

We’ll try different strategies: everything from writing flash (500 words or less) to episodic narrative (broken down into scenes) to dramatic monologue to help YOU decide what the best way to tell your story is. There’ll be lots of sharing, so be prepared to give (as well as receive) peer feedback.

Thanks to Karen Bowers and the Mendocino Art Center for having self back to teach!

Sign up here or call for information: (800) 653-3328, xt. 10

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