Heidi Jon Schmidt, Listening for the Different Drumbeat
Listening for the Different Drumbeat: Writing From Your Original Point of View
Two-Day Writing Workshop: Sat., Oct 19, 10 am-3 pm; Sun., Oct 20, 9 am-2 pm
|“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly,” |
— Anne Rice.
While Rice was writing about Franz Kafka, this quote also describes Thoreau’s path. He wasn’t an essayist, a memoirist, a scientist — he was Thoreau, delving into his own fascinations in his own absolutely idiosyncratic way. We’ll work to help each class member become more himself or herself as a writer. Please bring up to 10 pages of work that you feel strongly about. If you only have an idea, bring that. If you’re a thousand pages into a novel, bring the first 10. We will read, discuss, revise, and help each other go forward, each according to his or her most intense obsession.