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December Workshop with Lynda Barry: Writing the Unthinkable

Event Details

When: December 7, 2013, 2:00 PM

Location: 1160 (Image Lab), Discovery Building

Cost: Free; registration required

Contact: 608-316-4676, imagelab@discovery.wisc.edu

Led by Lynda Barry, award-winning cartoonist, Discovery Fellow at WID and assistant professor, this workshop focuses on a way of creating a sustainable writing practice for anyone at any level who is interested in writing, but has had a hard time figuring out how to do it.

It’s based on using a common but extraordinary sort of memory almost of all of us have; the instant kind that ‘floods’ us when a certain smell or a song triggers a vivid image of certain place-in-time. It’s the kind of memory that is unwilled and vivid, something that feels somehow ongoing and plastic, a living place where a story is happening.

Workshop attendees will learn an easy method to create the circumstances for these kinds of images to come to us, and Barry will share how to set them down quickly in writing. Participants will learn the technique using autobiographical memory, with Barry showing how to apply it to writing fiction.

Learn more about this type of workshop from a New York Times article.

Registration is now closed.