Outside In: Writing Inspired by Documents, Photographs, and Archives
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS
Spend a week on your writing by mining your photographs, documents, letters, or other papers as inspiration for daily writing exercises described in writing and posted on short videos. Using techniques the author used to write her award-winning memoir, The Body Papers, in this generative workshop, writers will use research and material outside of themselves to find new ways into narratives. Writers will post their writing daily by deadline to receive brief comments from the teacher and two writers in the course. Writers will have the opportunity to receive more substantive written feedback on a piece they turn in at the end of the week. For those new to writing, jump-start your creativity. For those working on book-length projects such as novels, memoirs, or essay collections or on stalled essays or short fiction, these exercises may illuminate new insights and approaches to revision. Writers with any level of experience are welcome.
OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS: On Friday, at the end of the week, we will have an optional synchronous meeting celebrating your work with a reading event.
Grace Talusan is the author of the memoir, The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the winner in nonfiction for the Massachusetts Book Awards, and the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Her short story, "The Book of Life and Death," was chosen for the 2020 Boston Book Festival's One City One Story program and was translated into several languages, including Tagalog. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and The New York Times with recent essays in And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again: Writers from Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic edited by Ilan Stavans and Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 edited by Jennifer Haupt. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has taught writing at GrubStreet, Tufts University, and currently, Brandeis University as the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence.