The Writer's Studio: Automatic for the People: Harnessing the Power of Freewrites
The Writer’s Studio is a free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with dynamic faculty from the Creative Writing program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and others. You will leave with an expanded understanding of what your writing can do.
Freewrites are an incredibly versatile writer’s tool. They can be used daily for warm up; for breaking out of ruts and procrastination; for getting you unstuck from a writing problem; or for dropping down into a deeper level of your work. In this seminar, we will practice freewriting from different vantage points and with different prompts to get an experiential feel for the many ways this tool can work for us. We will borrow exercises from Nathalie Goldberg and automatism techniques from the current Met show, “Surrealism Beyond the Borders,” as well as consider short stream of consciousness excerpts from Morrison and Joyce.
Kevin DiPirro is a writer, theater-maker, and deviser who teaches in PWR as an advanced lecturer. His plays have appeared in New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Stanford. A Hewlett Fellow for American Theatre Magazine,he lives on the coast where he swims, gardens, cooks and writes.