Six Mondays, February 24 through April 7 (no class on March 17), 6:15 to 8:00 pm
In this class, participants will explore memoir and journaling as means of deepening the writing and interior life, and discuss how reading and research can provide a foundation for and complement the contemplative experience. We will devote particular attention to vivid figurative language as a way of enriching our encounter with the world, on and off the page. We will consider the calendar as our meetings lead up to and embrace the great markers of rebirth and renewal—the vernal equinox and its religious correspondents Easter and Passover. We will work from a course reader as inspiration for our writing, considering selections from Anne Lamott, Flannery O’Connor, Martin Buber, Patricia Hampl, Francine Prose, N. Scott Momaday, Patti Smith, Marilynne Robinson, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Suzuki Roshi, as well as the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. This writing workshop arises from a conviction that at their foundation our contemporary challenges are ethical, philosophical, moral, and spiritual.
Tuition: $180.00 + $10.00 course material fee = $190.00