What We Must: Writing for Troubled Times with Holly Wren Spaulding
What use is art when the planet is on fire? Why write when so much else seems urgent? What holds us back from doing what we must—on the page and beyond? Is Beauty enough? In this generative workshop, we will acknowledge the existential pressures that shape our imaginations and emerge more empowered to write our poems, essays, and flash non-fictions from a space of sustainable practice and productive play. We will tune our senses to the wider context of our lives in refreshing ways. We will hone our intuition. We will loosen up. We will laugh. We will self-interview. We will expand the definition of a workshop. We will embody our unique insights and worries. At the heart of our engagement will be a multi-genre inquiry into what it means to be a writer in the world—not just in word, but in deed. We will read Joy Harjo, Ross Gay, Tina Chang, Mary Ruefle, and Ocean Vuong, among others. The week's prompts may lead to a completed stand-alone piece, an eventual manuscript, or even a text-based public project.