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message 1: by William (new)


I am scheduled to lead a writing workshop in the Continuing Studies Program at Brown University in early 2009.


Creative Constraints: Generating New Ideas in Fiction
Can imposing artificial writing conditions free your creative process? Writing constraints are consciously selected structures, forms, and limitations selected by the writer prior to writing. Compositions made with constraints often allow you to say things you hadn’t expected to say in ways you would never have chosen.

Working with the precept that all creative writing is constrained, we will examine and experiment with pre-set forms of poetry (sestina, sonnet, villanelle, haiku) and narrative prose (sketches of exactly 100 words, flash fiction, source-text manipulations). Through controlled use of form and expression, writing prompts will help you generate new ideas. No matter what level you’re writing at, this course can liberate you from cliché, challenge your unconscious writing routines, and help you condense the decision making process when writing time is limited.

The workshop runs for six weeks, meeting on Thursdays (7-9PM), from February 5th through March 12th.


Email me with any questions: William_Walsh@brown.edu

message 2: by Lori (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 4 comments and this is posted in the Bukowski group in its own thread beeeecause...... ???

Are you going to use Bukowski's poetry as jumping off point? - I think not.
Are you studying and critiquing Bukowski's work? - I think not.
Or are you just spamming the group, hoping to get a bite? Ding Ding Ding, give the girl a cigar!

message 3: by William (new)

William | 3 comments Lori, I was hoping to get a bite, trying to connect with writers/readers...

My jumping off point for the course is this: All creative writing is constrained. If a student asked me to apply this praxis to a Bukowski poem, I would select Creation of the Morning Line and examine with the class how Bukowski used the constrained language of betting/oddsmaking to develop an image and make a point about love and, more pointedly, cliche.

I am sincerely sorry if my post offended you or any other member of the group.

My best...Bill

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message 4: by John (new)

John (Johnnie_B) You all know that Buk considered writing workshops b.s., right?

message 5: by John (new)

John (Johnnie_B) And college/university profs -- especially English profs -- equally useless and uninspiring. Being a former assistant prof for 6 years I can say with some credibility that Buk was right.

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