A notebook is a primary tool of creative people throughout time and across disciplines. Keeping a journal of some kind helps to develop observational skills and creative thinking, records ideas and research, and fosters inspiration for writing or making other art.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) — the self-taught “Renaissance Man,” painter of the Mona Lisa, student of anatomy, inventor of flying machines, and on and on — whose notebooks overflow with drawings, codes, notes, and imaginings, we will work together to learn, develop, and share new techniques and practices for journaling and experiment with ways to use our journals as fodder for more purposeful writing.
This series is a dive into serious play and is appropriate for writers of all genres and levels. There will be some work to complete between sessions, in order to establish and explore the notebook process.
This class is appropriate for students who have already done a Da Vinci Notebook course, as well as students new to the concept.
This class takes place online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.
Toni K. Thayer is a two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, once in playwriting and once in fiction.