2023 Summer Workshops
The year 2020 has changed us all in ways we are only beginning to understand, but one thing that is true about it, is we know so much more than we did a year ago, including how much we don’t know. In all of this learning, all of this seeing, in all of the reevaluation of priorites, we might be asking the question, do stories of my personal traumas and resilience even matter anymore, and the answer is, a resounding yes. We know each other through our stories, and in knowing each other lies the opportunity to heal. In this generative class we will use the tools of prose craft (point of view, dialogue, structure, form, stance, image) to get our stories started. Each craft element will contain a daily writing assignment which we will complete and share the following day. Emphasis will be using the physical stuff of our lives to access and illuminate the emotional stuff. There will be a reading list of short pieces of prose (fiction and non) to serve as a common body of literature to refer to.
Pam Houston is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton, including Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, Cowboys Are My Weakness, and Airmail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics and Place, coauthored with Amy Irvine. She teaches in the low residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at UC Davis, and is the co-founder and artistic director of the literary nonprofit, Writing By Writers. She lives in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.