Teens & Adults

Arts Labs for Teens / Writing: Out of the Ordinary

WHEN
Jul 9 – 13
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

WHERE
Benenson Visitors Center
COST

$200

AGES
13+

with Taylor McGill

In this workshop, we will become well-practiced in the habit active noticing. The normal and seemingly mundane things in our environment will become the subjects for extraordinary prose. We will step away from our desks, our writerly solitude, and with a journal in hand we will collect the details of the day by wandering, watching, gathering, communicating, moving, playing, and eavesdropping. In our journals we might scribble, glue torn newspaper, tape gum wrappers, or press flowers. We will perform wild experiments; arranging and collaging and collaborating to generate imaginative writing that engages, extends, and defies the "rules" of various genres including poems, short stories, plays, letters, comics, questions, and more!

Taylor McGill earned a BA in English and creative writing from Rutgers University. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she is a candidate in the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets & Writers. She teaches creative and expository writing to UMass undergraduates and teaches at the Holyoke Care Center for the RADIUS program, a community education project in audio storytelling.

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