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Image & Memory: An Introduction to Creative Writing

At the center of everything we call ‘the arts,’ and children call “play,’ is something which seems somehow alive. It’s not alive in the way you and I are alive, but it’s certainly not dead. It’s alive in the way our memory is alive. Alive in the way the ocean is alive and able to transport us and contain us. Alive in the way thinking is not, but experiencing is, made of both memory and imagination, this is the thing we mean by ‘an image.” Lynda Barry
Image & Memory is a multi-genre workshop for writers who are just starting out or who need a fresh way to bring forth their stories and poems. Using writing strategies developed by writer Lynda Barry, we will explore the connection between memory and image, learn ways to sidestep our internal critics, and generate a portfolio of authentic stories and poems. In her work and teaching, Barry tells us that images are “the soul’s immune system.” They are how we bring what is outside of us in, and how we bring what is inside of us out. They integrate experience and knowledge. Participants in Image & Memory will experience a supportive writing process and draft many short narratives and poems.
Instructor: Cynthia Larsen is Lake Erie Ink’s co-founder and Education Director. Cynthia taught secondary English in Jersey City, New Jersey; Oakland, California; and Cleveland, Ohio before attending graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she received her MFA in creative writing. Ms. Larsen has facilitated project-based creative writing in collaboration with teachers for over fifteen years, combining her experience in education with her passion for and knowledge of the craft of creative writing.


Details: Image & Memory: An Introduction to Creative Writing takes place Tuesdays July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, and August 22 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.
Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Level: Emerging

Format: Generative multigenre workshop  

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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