In conjunction with the TAMU Secrets and Stories installation at the Reynolds Gallery, the University Writing Center, together with staff from The Eckleburg Project, offers a creative writing workshop on turning personal experiences into poems and prose. Is This Real Life? will be held on Thursday, October 22nd in MSC 2248 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
We live in a culture of sharing (and oversharing), but creative writers must go beyond simply posting stories. Writers decide which real life experiences should be shared with an audience and what is better left on the cutting room floor. Writers also mold and shape their experiences to create unique and intimate relationships between themselves and their audiences.
The majority of this workshop will give participants the opportunity to create new work. Participants will also have the chance to perform developed material at the gallery opening event for TAMU Secrets and Stories on October 29th at 7 p.m.
Students can choose between two different workshop types: one geared towards prose and another towards poetry. The workshop is limited to 30 students overall, with 15 students per genre, and is only open to Texas A&M University students.
Register for the prose workshop.
The poetry section will be lead by Dr. Candace Hastings, the UWC's associate director. Hastings is co-author of The Creative Writing Guide. The prose section will be lead by UWC administrator Florence Davies. Davies has an MFA from SUNY-Stony Brook and a B.A. from Texas A&M. She is currently at work on a young adult novel.
Register for the poetry workshop.