Lost and Found: Writing the Present in Light of the Past
About the Event
The coronavirus period has made dramatic changes in our lives and in our sense of rootedness to the space in which we live. It's harder to travel near and far, and sometimes all we have is the room in which we live or the 100 meters which holds us fast. Working from the premise of a wonderful new public archive*, I invite writers to come explore the idea of LOST AND FOUND. What have you found in corona-time? What have you lost?
Even more than that, how do these contemporary losses and gains find meaning in relation to our personal pasts? Whatever happens to us today, makes sense in light of what came before. How can we layer periods of time in our writing so that "now" is informed by our "yesterdays," and even our far more distant past all the way back to our family history? Applicable to fiction writers as well.
The course will be conducted in two parts. Participants will have the chance to write in response to short exercises and to share work. Readings will be distributed two weeks before the class begins and may include:
selections from The Friend, by Sigrid Nunez; Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli; Brother Salvage, by Rick Hilles.
Minimum/Maximum No. Participants: 8/15
Cost: 420 NIS or USD equivalent. Registration below. Payment can be made via bank transfer, cash or check and is necessary for holding your reservation. Should you cancel within four days of the workshops, your refund will be 50% unless another participant is found to take your place.
August 16 and 17, 2020
The class will take place via Zoom.
No previous experience required.
* with thanks to: https://pandemicarchive.com