Imagine a duck gliding across a pristine lake, following the currents, nibbling at specks on the surface. Suddenly, it dives down, disappearing from view, and resurfaces minutes later to resume its journey. Join me and fellow writers on a shared journey to dive deep down to explore the essential themes of your life’s stories that can be the underpinnings of structure. We will harness elements of craft—sensory details, compelling language, evocative imagery, scene, dialogue, inner voice—to create, share, and discuss resonant, personal, powerful writing. Handouts and writing prompts will provide inspiration as participants share and discuss their work.
NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and capped at 12 students.
Mindy Lewis is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir (Atria Books 2002, Washington Square Press 2003), the editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press 2009), co-author with Thomas H. Haines of A Curious Life: From Rebel Orphan to Innovative Scientist (Post Hill Press, 2019), and the recipient of New Letters 2015 Dorothy Cappon Award for Best Essay. Her essays, articles and book reviews have been published in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters Journal, New Letters, Many Mountains Moving, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and in anthologies. From 2004-2020, she was an instructor at The Writer’s Voice in New York City, and has also taught for many years at Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Brooklyn College, Poets & Writers outreach program in Kew Gardens, and as a visiting writer at SUNY and George Mason University’s MFA Program.
Scholarships are available for this course. For more information on how to apply (fall applications are due August 15, 2021) visit our Scholarships page.