Instructor: Lynn Goodwin
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 03/15/2021 - 04/19/2021
SCN Member: $160.00
Class synopsisFeeling overwhelmed with the news, masks, closed restaurants, and much more? This is a place to free write, share if you like, and process the ways the world is changing. Putting your thoughts on paper will help you explore and move forward
I encourage you to relate what’s happening to your life. If you share we'll only say what we love in the writing.No political rants. Instead, identify how an issue relates to you; show how it affects your mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual life; offer your solutions and ways of coping, so that you are processing your own experience rather than telling the world how to react. In other words, no lectures please. It will suggest topics. Feel free to use them or not.
To analyze and process how events affect us. To find ways to cope if needed. Responding to any work posted by saying what you love is encouraged but not required.
Class communication methodI will suggest topics and maybe share a short piece or two that show how someone else addresses them. You'll free write and see where it goes. You are free to keep going, start over, develop, edit, or submit in its rough form. I'll send a weekly e-mail with a suggested assignment each Monday. Work you'd like feedback (we only say what we love) should be posted by Thursday.
Tentative schedule written in January. A couple of subjects might change depending on what develops by March.
1. Intro to short pieces—possible, optional structures – Discover how you feel and what points you want to make – Make a list of recent events you’d like to process, whether you hate your mask, are struggling to work from home, no longer listen to the news, whether you work as a nurse, a dispatcher, a mom or nana, or live alone and have been socially distanced from everyone. What are your subjects?
2. COVID issues
3. Black Lives Matter
4. Ramifications of closed Schools, Playgrounds, Movie Theatres, Restaurants, and Businesses (pick one)
5. Breaking Points and Phoenixes.
Once again, I want to emphasize that you are sharing your experience, hopefully in a way that will draw others into your story. Show us how you cope rather than telling us what to do.
Class time commitmentAnywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours depending on what you want to put in.
Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. She’s the author of a YA, Talent, which was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award, won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award. A second edition has just been republished by Koehler Books. She’s also written a memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, which won a 2018 National Indie Excellence Award Winner, Human Relations Indie Book Awards Winner, Dragonfly Book Awards & Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Dragonfly Book Award, was a Best Book Awards Finalist & a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner.
She’s written a collection of journaling prompts, flash pieces, and short articles. Her flash fiction is published in Flashquake, Nebo, Cabinet of Heed, Murmur of Words, 100-Word Stories, Ariel’s Dream, and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. A reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, she’s currently at work on a sequel to Talent, and several editing projects. She’s hoping to start a novella in flash soon. She lives at the foot of Mt. Diablo, California, with her energizer-bunny husband and their exceptional terrier.