50 dollars (regular)
Can we really say more with less? How can one tell his or her story adequately in seven words? In the midst of the natural splendor of The Schuylkill Center, writers will find inspiration and explore the possibilities of painting tiny portraits with words.
Flash Fiction, More Than Just a Word Count (with Curtis Smith) Flash fiction is more than a story that meets a specific word count. Flash is an exciting and challenging form that combines traditional (and non-traditional) storytelling techniques with a precision of language more commonly associated with poetry. This workshop, set in and inspired by the beautiful surroundings of The Schuylkill Center, will explore the elements that contribute to a compelling piece of flash fiction. Bring a pen and paper and an open mind as we share what promises to be an interesting autumn afternoon.
(photograph taken at Princeton Friends School in Princeton, NJ)
Writing Haiku and Haibun: Patterns in the Woods (with Valerie Fox)The haiku and haibun are traditional Japanese forms. We associate haiku with brevity as well as the seasons, and we often associate haibun with diary and journey. In this workshop we will write in both styles, paying attention to the forms and patterns in the woods that surround us. As part of the writing and idea generation for our poems we will also handle and build with the materials in the woods. Key questions: How do I experience this place, and why? What is my place in this place? No prior experience working with these styles is necessary to fully enjoy and participate in the workshop.