WHO: Linda Maio, sponsor
WHAT: Come explore your creative side by joining Linda Maio as she guides you through a left brain/right brain excursion of delight! The class will start off with a metaphor exercise, transition to a poetry opportunity, continue with a full-body outline activity, and culminate in a personalized art creation that reflects the true, logical You. All supplies provided, as well as music and deep discussions about life
WHEN: Every 3rd Thursday of the month
WHERE: 1702 1st Ave North aka the new SCRaP creative annex
WHY: To allow individual writers the freedom to create and a place yu can get inspiration…
HOW: Oh, so many ways!
HISTORY: For most of history, most people lived really far away from one another in small villages. They didn’t travel far or interact on a regular basis. This is the pre-modern world. Over time, however, came along new technologies. Everything from sewer systems to railroads – and suddenly many individuals are having close togetherness. This collective will examine this history and how it influenced writing over the centuries.
A look at T.S. Elliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Often referred to simply as “Prufrock”, this is T.S.’s first love poem. It is known for its tension within writing. Nothing defies romance like a name that begins with a first initial followed by a full middle name. It invokes thoughts of academic, banker, attorney….not that of a romantic. Develop this theme with experiential examples (Italian father German mother). Other themes to explore: Clarity, Suspense, Humor, Epiphany, Pain
A LOOK AT F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S GREAT GATSBY
Certain commonalities in F. Scott’s writing that come out are deep meaning (ferry boat), symbolic geography (island), examples to meaning (yellow car/Jazz age), and right words (orgastic). Extensions include rules to tools: “Take my wife. Please.” Vs “Take my wife – please.” Vs “Take my wife, PLEASE!” and story architecture of Nick seeing Gatsby for the first time at the end of chapter 1 “…..he had vanished”.
A look at Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
The only novel written by Plath, it brings out shocking intrusion, raising of the dead (“Isn’t it awful about the Rosenburgs?”), living what you dread, poetic prose, and emphatic metaphors (“I tried to smile but my skin had gone stiff, like parchment”).
A LOOK AT SHIRLEY JACKSON’S The Lottery
A seemingly normal scene that turns very dark, Jackson plays upon our human nature for exhibiting both good and evil. Items of interest include the calling of townspeople together for a celebration (similar to how soap operas bring all characters together for group interactions), the word choice (using “stones” and “pebbles”, but never “rock”), juxtaposition of imagery (“ a dark and sunny night”), and how a blessing can become a curse.