Writing Ourselves Home
An Online Class To Write Where We Are
January 8 - February 18
Come write about where you are, and along the way, more of who you are and what you've lived, in this welcoming online writing workshop that includes weekly online lessons, prompts, reflections, and discussions, plus two Zoom sessions and a mini-coaching session with Caryn on what your writing is showing you.
We live in concentric circles, starting at our most local home of our bodies, and rippling out through our homes, communities, ecoregions, continents, planet, and the cosmos. Write your way home while exploring where and who you are in time and place, how you arrived here, and what you see on the horizon.
All who write -- or want to write -- are welcome to create poetry, memoir, essays, songs, or whatever else the writing wants to be. Note: If you've taken this class in 2021 and would like to take it again, come on in! There will be lots of new prompts and materials.
Week by Week
Week 1 / Home to the Body: Our Most Local Address: Our most intimate home is the local ecosystem of being a body. We'll romp and roll through prompts and questions about what our bodies have to say and how they say it over our history, and consider through what we create the possibilities of more embodied writing and living.
Week 2 / Dwellings and What It Means to Make a Home: What does it mean to live in a house, apartment, yurt or wherever you hang your hat and aim yourself toward a good night's sleep on a regular basis? Drawing on such works as Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, we'll write and play our way into the signs and symbols we find right at home and over time in our various dwellings.
Week 3 / Watersheds and Watershed Moments: Our homes are part of a watershed, the area that is drained by a river, creek, stream or other defining ground of our waterways. At the same time, we'll look at the watershed moments of our lives that changed everything, and how to gain greater vision of what such moments mean, and how to understand, honor, and learn from our inner and outer watersheds.
Week 4 / Ecoregions and Mapping Our Stories: Expanding out, we land in our land form, whether we live in the tallgrass prairie, the eastern woodlands, the Sonoran desert, the Rocky Mountains or elsewhere. In exploring a little more about the common plant and animal associations of your area, you can also cultivate greater connections with the more-than-human species among us. At the same time we look at mapping where we live in place, we'll play with mapping where we are in time by following the lines and curves of the stories we've lived.
Week 5 / Earth and Sky: We're part of an evolving, ailing, regenerating, suffering and changing planet. At the same time, the sky begins at our feet, and we live in weather -- both inner and outer. This week journeys into the centers of our earths and sweeps across the skies of our imaginations as we use our writing to connect with the larger planet and constantly shifting sky.
Week 6 / The Cosmos: Our planet floats in a vast universe, and beyond our universe, universes beyond universes, only a sliver visible to us. In concentrating on what we can learn about the cosmos and our local universe, we'll also journey through the cosmos of our infinite imaginations. This week also includes some circling back to body and place prompts to better see the concentric circles of home where we live, what we've created, and what calls to us beyond this call.
Each week, we'll engage online on a very accessible site called Wet Ink, with the following:
The View From Here: A short discussion on this week's topic followed by a discussion question.
Weekly Prompts: Choose from 4-5 writing prompts to spark your own new writing.
Visiting Writer: Read, watch, and listen to a featured writer who explores home and homecoming.
The Care and Feeding of the Writer: Read a little essay on how to nourish your writing and creativity.
The class also includes two hour-long Zoom sessions from 7-8 p.m. CT/ 8-9 p.m. ET/ 6-7 p.m. MT/ 5-6 p.m. PT on Tues., Jan. 9 and Tues., Feb. 13.
You'll also have a one-on-one 20-minute coaching session with Caryn.