At the center of everything we call ‘the arts,’ and children call “play,’ is something which seems somehow alive. It’s not alive in the way you and I are alive, but it’s certainly not dead. It’s alive in the way our memory is alive. Alive in the way the ocean is alive and able to transport us and contain us. Alive in the way thinking is not, but experiencing is, made of both memory and imagination, this is the thing we mean by ‘an image.” Lynda Barry
Image & Memory is a multi-genre workshop for writers who are just starting out or who need a fresh way to bring forth their stories and poems. Using writing strategies developed by writer Lynda Barry, we will explore the connection between memory and image, learn ways to sidestep our internal critics, and generate a portfolio of authentic stories and poems. In her work and teaching, Barry tells us that images are “the soul’s immune system.” They are how we bring what is outside of us in, and how we bring what is inside of us out. They integrate experience and knowledge. Participants in Image & Memory will experience a supportive writing process and draft many short narratives and poems.
Details: Image & Memory: An Introduction to Creative Writing takes place Tuesdays July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, and August 15 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights OH 44118.
Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
Format: Generative multigenre workshop
Location: This class takes place in person at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights OH 44118.
Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).
Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.
Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cynthia Larsen is Lake Erie Ink’s co-founder and Education Director. Cynthia taught in Jersey City, Oakland, and Cleveland before attending graduate school at the University of Arizona for her MFA in creative writing. Ms. Larsen has facilitated project-based creative writing in collaboration with teachers for over fifteen years, combining her experience in education with her passion for and knowledge of the craft of creative writing.