Join author and teacher Lisa Jones for a writing intensive at a beautiful farmhouse in rural Vermont. Expect to write with a variety of companions — those who have written only in their journals as well as published authors. Often, the most exciting material comes from people who don’t consider themselves writers at all. An inexplicable alchemy often happens in class; it never ceases to amaze me how much we grow when we tell our truths, hone our craft and share our stories. The theme for the weekend will be guided writings on shock and loss. Part of the registration entails a short phone call with Lisa to see if this is a fit for you, as this class can be quite a lot of emotional work. Former students have written about divorces, unwanted diagnoses and rocky childhoods — with breathtaking literary results. This is a highly structured series of exercises that will help you move with aplomb as you write about a shock you had difficulty metabolizing at the time.
How will we traverse this challenging territory? In the spirit of Salvador Dalí’s famous quote, ‘Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing,’ I’ve deconstructed some great scenes from literature to find a narrative map to help you get through material that may have stumped you before.
As for Lisa, she jumps around like a choreographer, giving you weird-sounding directions like: “Now, in the midst of this painful conversation you’re currently writing, describe the nearest landscape, with a bird in it!” She sometimes call this class Literary Pilates, because It shows you new and often better ways to write, and strengthens literary muscles you didn’t know you had. Bad habits can be broken; great results can be achieved. You’ll sit up straighter! Hear from Lisa’s former students in a video here, or read testimonials here.
This weekend intensive consists of five “classes.” Each of these lasts for 2.5 hours and includes 40-60 minutes of dedicated writing time, plus time to share what we’ve written. Six students maximum.
SCHEDULE, COST & LOCATION
Friday evening, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m.
Sat & Sun (Oct. 10 & 11) 9-3.
We’ll meet in a farmhouse in Norwich, just a few miles from Dartmouth College. The closest airports are Manchester, NH or Burlington, VT. $600 includes lunch on Sat. and Sun. While our meeting place is a gorgeous pastoral farm, there are shops and restaurants within just a few miles as well as ample opportunities for walking, hiking and biking right from the farmhouse.
Contact Lisa here for more information or to set up an informational phone call.