The Rules of Craft Do Not Apply: One-day Writing Workshop with D. Foy
One afternoon, Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-4pm, at Kingston Writers' Studio, 275 Fair Street, #11.
With D. Foy, author of Made to Break, Patricide, and Absolutely Golden
When we think of writing, do we consider it an art or a craft?
If we say craft, theres a real chance were selling ourselves short in our own work.
All too often, craft dictates mechanisms and rules that, if assumed too early in an artists development, can retard their growth rather than enhance it. While craft can always be learned, it can also be extremely difficult to unlearn.
In writing, for example, such matters as character, POV, setting, plot, theme, tone, and so forth, each have their general prescriptions, some or all of which, when abided too closely, can produce the nasty side effect of hedging or clouding a writers field of possibilities.
Craft, in other words, tells us that its precepts may be broken or bent at any time, even as it infers that it is only the masters who should be so bold. The rest of us, reads the subtext, would do well to stick to this and this, but never to that and that.
But its really easy to overlook the exceptions to this recommendation and take them instead for law.
Often in such cases, the result is work based on a writers idea of what should be written, or of the form the writing should take, rather than on the writers own truth, which is an understanding of the world that is unique to them alone.
In this workshop, we will:
Read and discuss an essay by D. Foy about the relationship between the different ways a writer can perceive her world and how she transforms her perceptions on the page to create work unlike anyone elses.
Study a selection of writers to break down and articulate the distinctive qualities of each, paying particular attention both to what they are writing about and where their lines of thought shift and bend and even break.
Hone our personal voice and style through techniques that expand, enhance, and clarify our innate powers of perception.
Conduct exercises that promote faster, deeper access to our imaginations, and unlock the super powers we didnt know we have.
Marshal our writers mind in ways that enable us more freedom and trust in our compositional process and result in work that crackles with passion and originality.
Kingston Writers' Studio (View)
275 Fair St., #11
Kingston, NY 12401
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|