Young Artists Summer Workshop at Maine Media

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“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.” (Harry Potter)

We are drawn to these lines. We are pulled into the story by the unique voice of the writer. We each have our own voice. You have your own voice, your own rhythm and tonality. You created it over the years informed by the earliest sounds you heard, by your family, your ethnic group, your economic class, your geographic location and where you go to school. You may have a favorite uncle or singer whose voice you imitate. You may not even know you do it.

During this week-long class you will begin to identify your own voice and help your classmates identify theirs. You will also learn to write a scene with the help of an exercise called image/moment.

By the end of the week you will have a first draft of a story, a poem, or an essay.

Each class will begin with a free write or writing to a prompt, or, reading from your work in progress. You may source a photo, a piece of music, overheard dialogue.

To help discover (identify) your voice, I will invite you to listen to your favorite music, to identify the rhythm and tonality and to mimic it in your writing.

Exercises will include work on an Instagram account, taking a picture and writing the story you see in it, identifying a childhood memory and writing it, exploring your inner monsters and your outer angels. Using all kinds of ways to access your voice- to discover who you are.  We will map out characters, create a poster.

This is an inquiry, a search. It’s play with a product in mind.

Each evening I’ll give you pages to read, a bit of homework to do as we move toward our goal.

At the end of the week, we’ll have a reading. You’ll each get to choose something to read, no more than five minutes, a piece you’ve written in the class. We’ll share our work and celebrate.

When: Sunday, July 21 through Saturday, July 27, 2019

Where: Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine

Cost: $1,750  (Maximum 10 participants) Tuition includes room and board.

Join: For more info and to enroll go to https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/young-creative-writing-finding-your-deep-voice/