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The Art of Paying Attention with Anna Potter on Zoom

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What daily observations do you make that can be recorded and developed to be included on the page? Do you have an obsession that you can use in your writing? In this one-day, four-hour generative class. we’ll explore how to strengthen your writing with astute observations from your own life. We’ll start with a brief exploration of Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, a master class in finding drama in the mundane. From ice floes to the smell of melting snow to the taste of tinned sardines, Robinson employs a rich array of compelling imagery to power the quiet drama of unresolved grief. Then we’ll do several generative exercises to develop our powers of observation and stretch our metaphorical possibilities.
*This generative class is most appropriate for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction.*
Please note: This class will be on Zoom. Zoom login information will be emailed at the time of registration (please check spam / promotions filter). Please email [email protected] with any questions.
The Altman Persons of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another student may register. The Person of Color Scholarships and the Need Based scholarships are given to writers within the United States only. Thank you in advance for this consideration. NB: Please do not register for more than one scholarship class per month. Thank you.
Anna Potter is a former James Merrill House fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has an MFA in fiction from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a BA from Harvard University with a BA in English & American Literature, with an emphasis on 20th-century novel. She is a professor of English at Dutchess Community College and a bookseller at Little Joe’s Coffee & Books in Katonah, New York. Her work has appeared in Jellyfish Review, Spilled Milk, phoebe, Contrary Magazine, jubilat, and elsewhere. She can be found online at: annapotter.org & @_anna_potter


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March 14
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States