2017-09/17 Dig for Writing Gold with a Timeline/Personal History Map with Molly Larson Cook

Date: First class is Sunday, September 17, 2017 Time: 11am to 1pm Number of sessions: 3 -- Sundays, September 17, 24, October 1 Members: $90 Nonmembers: $108 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Claim the lost treasures of your writer’s life as you uncover forgotten details that provide rich texture for any writing project – memoir, personal essays, poems, or prose. For Proust it was a tiny sponge cake that brought the memories to life. With this timeline/personal history map and spot-on questions, you’ll retrieve your own treasures to expand and enrich your writing.

In this 3-session workshop, you’ll learn to create a unique life map which can be adapted to any of your projects. The life map will generate prompts that guide you to meaningful details perhaps lost in the mists of time. There’s no magic involved; just the rewarding work of digging for gold. You’ll leave with a digital template that can be modified and used again and again to help trigger the memories and details that make your writing come alive. You’ll be invited to bring in short pieces inspired by your personal prompts.  

Seasoned writers and beginners are welcome. Come and find your treasure! Class limit 8.

Molly Larson Cook is an award-winning writer and writing coach. Most recently, she received the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, and her winning poem is included in the 2016-2017 San Diego Poetry Annual. Molly was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference in Oregon where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She’s published op-eds as well as a number of magazine and newspaper articles and has taught writing and literature in universities on both coasts and in workshops for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island in Washington. She agrees with author Louis Auchincloss that a writer’s life is his or her capital, and she’s tried to gather as much of that capital as possible. Molly’s jazz novel, “Listen,” was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, “On Our Way to Somewhere,” in 2002. She is currently engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego. Molly blogs about jazz and art at http://jazzycookie.wordpress.com and http://artulips.wordpress.com and about writing at http://whatwouldsteinbeckdo.wordpress.com.

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.