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Image & Memory

"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 and 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 and Memory will experience a supportive writing process and draft many short narratives and poems.
 
Instructor: Cynthia Larsen teaches creative writing through Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth. She is Lake Erie Ink’s co-founder and Education Director. Cynthia received an MFA from the University of Arizona , where she focused on fiction, but still managed to take quite a few poetry and creative nonfiction workshops. These days she writes mostly creative nonfiction. She continues to expand her writing and teaching expertise by attending workshops such as "Writing the Unthinkable" with Lynda Barry, AWP and NCTE conferences, and reading like crazy.
 
Details: Image & Memory takes place Wednesdays July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, and August 10 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.
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