Cullman Center Institute for Teachers: Liberating Constraints: A Creative Writing Workshop
THIS IS A WEEK-LONG SEMINAR (MONDAY JULY 30 - FRIDAY AUGUST 3)
RIVKA GALCHEN, Instructor
Shakespeare wrote soliloquies in iambic pentameter; Freud composed some of the 20th century’s best writing in the form of medical case histories; Elvis turned gospel into rock ’n roll; and Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet that he could write a book using just fifty different words. A narrow passage allows the wind to whistle-- at least sometimes! We’ll read texts by Kobo Abe, Roberto Bolaño, Anthony Burgess, and others, identifying the constraint under which each operates and noting when the author violates that constraint. Participants will complete several writing exercises before composing their own short fiction in a constraint of their choosing.
The deadline to apply to this year's seminars has passed. Please check back in the fall for our spring 2013 seminars.
- Audience: Teachers, K-12 Educators