Instructor: Lynn Ermann
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 03/15/2021 - 05/10/2021
SCN Member: $256.00
Class synopsisGeorge Orwell wrote that a child inhabits “a sort of alien underwater world.” This class will be a diving party into that unknown. We’ll explore artist renderings of childhood, engage in discussions on selected themes, plumb our own memories and experiences, and, of course, write.
Each participant will come to the course with a challenge related to writing a child character (and it can be the writer at a young age in a memoir). Over eight weeks, we’ll explore such themes as control in childhood, child logic, and how children at different ages experience trauma. I’ve curated a selection of readings, film clips, audio programs, and photographs
Participants will engage in lively and thought-provoking discussions. We all have insights about aspects of childhood. We lived through it of course. I’m sure there will be parents, grandparents, teachers, and maybe even therapists in the class. (Maybe we can do a Q&A with someone’s kids or grandkids.) I’m hoping to assemble a diverse group of women too. Participants will learn from artists who portray children or childhood particularly well. Participants will learn how to handle research challenges such as creating opportunities to observe children. Participants will make progress with their writing projects.
Class communication methodWe will meet for ninety minutes once a week on the Zoom platform. 'l'll e-mail your assignments, including PDFs and links to videos. I'll review all assignments and return them before the next class. After the class, we can continue the conversation in a Google Group.
Class time commitment3-4 hours a week
Lynn Ermann was one of the original members of the Story Circle Network Editorial team many years ago. She is excited to return to the Circle as an instructor. Ms. Ermann has over twenty years of experience in publishing. In addition to working as a developmental editor, she is a seasoned writer. Her features and personal pieces have appeared in national outlets, including The Washington Post Magazine and The New York Times. She has also written short fiction, narratives for nonprofits, and, most recently, a graphic novel script for Middle Grade readers. She is passionate about storytelling.