Writing Workshop with Author Elizabeth Bradfield|
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 10-1PM
Saturday, February 9th, 10-1pm
Our experiences on trips, whether a few hours' drive away or many complicated planes/trains/boats distant, are important. They give perspective, they open us to the beauty of strangeness, they strip away the clutter of the domestic (and, of course, offer their own delicious clutter). Many people document their trips through photos, journals, postcards, and sketches. This second level of experience offers a chance to deepen a trip, to slow down and take it in deliberately. Later, the images and words becomes a touchstone-something to turn to when we are back in the daily, a way to reconnect to the selves we were when we were away.
This writing workshop will focus on haibun, a classic Japanese form that combines poetry and prose and has often been used by travelers. We will read examples, write together, share, and discuss. Writers who are deeply engaged in their craft or those who are just beginning to explore their literary selves are welcome. Poets and prose writers alike are welcome.
Students should bring writing materials and some photographs or drawings from trips that, for them, are evocative (postcards or images from the internet work well, too). The images need not represent something recognizable (a polar bear on ice, St. Peter's Basilica). The image might be an interesting doorknob, a swath of horizon, or the knuckle of a traveling companion.
$65 (financial assistance available)
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of two collections of poetry: Interpretive Work and Approaching Ice, the second of which is a poetic investigation of polar exploration and was a finalist for the Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Orion, The Believer and many anthologies. She is the current poet-in-residence at Brandeis University and the founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org), which publishes monthly grassroots-distributed collaborations with the goal of putting literature and art on the streets. Bradfield is also a naturalist who considers herself an "aspiring generalist." At work on expedition ships, she tries to help deepen people's experience of place through science and art. At home, on Cape Cod, she does field work with marine mammals.
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