Spring Feature Workshop w/ Anthony Doerr
Breaking the “Pre-” off the “-Dictable”
A writing workshop exploring habit and strangeness, with the goal of seeing our work—and the world—with new eyes.
We humans need habit: habit helps us cook dinner, feel safe, and find light switches in the dark. But as an old proverb puts it, “habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.” How often do we rely on the habitual in our writing? In this four-hour workshop, we’ll try to investigate the formulaic and the familiar—from cliches at the sentence level to cliches at the structural level—and understand how we might better recognize, utilize, and resist the habitual in our novels, stories, essays, and poems. Do we want our work to be soporific, or do we want our work to wake our readers up to the exquisite miracles of being alive? As Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us, “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”
May 29, 2021| 10am-3:00pm
Calgary Public Library
AWCS/WGA Members: $200