Ahead of our first class please familiarize yourself with www.leap.so by going to your URL provided by the Leap Team.
Come prepared to share an introduction to each other touching on: Why do we feel compelled to write? What is holding us back? Do we know the stories we want to tell?
Sticks by George Saunders
We aren’t tapping into personal narrative today. That will come next week.
A long personal narrative: "The Crane Wife" by AJ Hauser (Paris Review).
Write your prompt pieces on your computer and upload it in the Assignments folder when you have typed it out. This is due on Monday 8th of March. If you are inspired, add to it.
Important - Write a story:
Follow Saunder’s example: take an everyday experience that has caught your attention. Start to daydream. Allow your mind to wander and imagine. Create an honest, matter of fact and fluid narrator to tell this newly-forming story. POINT OF VIEW DOES NOT MATTER. You can use first, second or third. The point is for your narrator to shape, craft and deliver your new imaginative “what if” scenario in a few hundred words. Try to get to the emotional heart of the story.
⇒ Remember to upload this story to Assignments on Monday.
Start journaling: During the course of the class try to write in your journal every day when you first wake up in the morning. This does wonders for training the brain, which is, after all, a muscle. Journaling is also used by many writers as a great tool for writing. You will learn more about this in the course of the class but for now, just start writing 😉.
Class #2: March 10th Notes