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WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE
FLY Children's Art Center
Ypsilanti, MI
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WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE
THE WORKSHOP:
From Lynda Barry's original workshop description: "Do you wish you could WRITE? Do you wish you had a better MEMORY? Do you want to make STORIES but are too confused about how to even start? THIS IS AN INTENSIVE WRITING CLASS! It is not a social situation at all! In fact, you can be completely anonymous in this class! You don't have to be cool! Your clothes can be square! You don't have to read aloud or talk to anyone if you don't want to! You don't even have to make eye contact! And YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A WRITER to be a part of it! THIS CLASS WORKS ESPECIALLY WELL FOR 'NON-WRITERS' like bartenders, janitors, office workers, hairdressers, musicians, and ANYONE who has given up on 'being a writer' but still wonders what it might be like to write. OPEN to ALL people!"

THE TEACHER:
This WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE workshop is taught by Amy Probst, who learned the method from Lynda Barry; both feel HUGELY compelled to spread the word and not bogart this magic. Amy is a professional trainer and writer, sometimes actor and comedian, natural-born mentor and motivator, and happiest when she's helping people recognize their own kickassness.

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?
Safe. Nobody is allowed to interrupt your personal space, you don't have to share anything you write (although it's a crazy high to do so, and you will be allowed), and nobody is allowed to comment on anyone's work.  Private, safe, intense, sincere. Focusing first on memory, we take a journey into the unexpected. Memories come as uncontrollably as dreams--you may end up remembering things you haven't thought of since you were a kid. It can be a freaky wormhole into the universe of your mind. And so much fun.

THE VENUE:
Fly Children's Art Center is fantastic, snuggled along Riverside Park, and walking distance to fantastic restaurants and bars. What is Fly? Research shows that creativity drops dramatically in children after the third and fourth grades as they succumb to conformity necessary to succeed in school, and consequently lose the ability to seek creative solutions and take pride in unique accomplishments. Fly Art's open studio after-school programs work with kids to explore their creative sides, enhancing and preserving creative problem-solving skills that can be transferred to all aspects of life. The good-vibe mojo in this building could not be more perfect for a day of writing the unthinkable! SO FLY!

WHAT TO BRING:
A three-ring binder (no other binder or notebook will do), a pack of lined notebook paper, and a pen you love or at least tolerate. No laptops--this is an ancient method, man!  Also, bring lunch money for nearby restaurants or your lunch bag.

xo,
Amy


WHAT WE SAY:
"You have to be willing to spend time making things for no known reason."
-Lynda Barry  

"What year is it in your imagination?"
-also Lynda Barry

"Make friends with the elephant in the room."
-Amy Probst


WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY:
"This was hands down the best writing course I've ever taken...I know I'm partial 'cause she is my friend...but I seriously am the king of writers block and I didn't have any problems - it was the freest my pen has ever flowed! This course is perfect for any writer; novels, plays, film, music an everything in between! At one point I wrote freely for 20 minutes and I didn't want to stop!"
-Kenny Franzel, Writer & Actor

"Hi! I've been raving about the writing workshop all day. Last night I went home and wrote more of my novel that I haven't touched in several years. So excited. Thank you!!!!"
-Lindsey Nicholas, Google

"I needed to tell you how exceptional you and the class was. You really did a superb job. You were born to teach. Your generous giving to the class, your kind and un-demeaning answers to the questions, it was a marvel and pleasure to see and be a part of. Thank you for including me in the spectacularness of you/it all."
-Tracey Taylor, A&E Networks

"I just wanted to say congratulations and what a wonderful experience this has been. You really did an amazing job and your love for your craft really comes through when you talk about it."
-Joe Wright, Musician and Father

"Thanks for the cool workshop. Your love and care was everywhere in that room today."
-Annette Madias, Director and Mosaic Youth Theatre Grant Writer

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Location

FLY Children's Art Center (View)
40 North Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48021
United States


Categories

Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!

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