This generative class reconciles your writing with your writing practice by providing a framework and community in which you will write every day. Which structures and sensibilities do you notice when you write consistently, in regard to both themes in the work and patterns around your creation of it? What griefs, solipsisms, and hopes repeat or retract? How does language shape reality given the constraints, and where does memory collapse time or imagine worlds? To what extent do different modes of reading and writing encourage precision and play?
In our meetings, we'll write to a series of prompts and share, discuss writing processes, and reflect on our weekly (light) readings—from writers including Audre Lorde, Etheridge Knight, and Diana Khoi Nguyen—relevant to our goals. For the six middle weeks, we will also read and give more extensive feedback on one piece per writer (one short piece per writer). Everyone will have the chance to choose and share work. During our time together, we will write into and through ideas of the self and the other, home and nature, and their abundant interactions. Writers of all experiences, goals, and genres willing to engage in this daily practice are welcome!
Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from your private class page. While you can use Zoom from your browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client so you have access to all platform features.
- Expand the writing practice in form, voice, and structure
- Generate a new body of work, including daily writing and one workshopped piece
- Receive thorough feedback on at least one developed work
- 10% discount on all future Catapult classes
You will aim to write for at least 15 minutes every day for the duration of the class, but each week various prompts will be available so you can create a flexible practice that works with your schedule. To support your writing throughout the week, there will also be a short selection of published work (5-15 pages) assigned and discussed every week. You will also read a piece this length from each writer in the course once over the eight weeks and prepare to give feedback (and receive it when you workshop your piece). For your workshop, you can turn in up to the equivalent of five pages of poetry or up to 15 pages of double-spaced prose. You will also participate in a quicker round of workshop for short pieces (a page or under) toward the end of class.
Week 1: Why We Write (welcome)
Week 2: Art and Catharsis (with workshop)
Week 3: I and You (with workshop)
Week 4: Structures and Skeletons (with workshop)
Week 5: Creativity and Exceptionalism (with workshop)
Week 6: Order and Length (with workshop)
Week 7: Play and Transformation (with micro workshop)
Week 8: Orbits and Buds (closing)
"The readings were tightly organized and the writing prompts were very generative."
"The class was excellent, and stretched me in all the best ways as a writer."
"The atmosphere Cindy created was kind, the exercises were stimulating, and feedback was truly generous."