This three-session workshop will work with the idea of the interior and exterior self. The writers will start with a guided reflection describing the interior of their bedroom. What hangs on the wall? The color of the room, the furniture, what sits on the dresser drawer or desk. They will describe in sentences what is to be found in their room.
The students will then visualize a favorite outdoor setting, be it a park, a yard, a playground. They will populate the space by listing the things they are likely to see there. Are there trees, is there shelter, are their water fountains or rivers, what wildlife is found there?
The students then will contrast the interior space to the outside space. What do you feel when you are in your interior or exterior space? What do you wish you could put in your outdoor space that is in your interior space and vice versa.
Each one of the prompts is structured to create a finished poem. The students will share work and discuss strategies for revising the work in the second session. The third session will entail a sharing of the finished work and the composition of a group writing project done in the session. This work will take the shape of a virtual walk drawing on the work the students have already done.
This online course will be broken into three sessions:
- Tuesday, October 6, 6-7:30pm
- Tuesday, October 13, 6-7:30pm
- Tuesday, October 20, 6-7:30pm
About the instructor, José Faus:
José Faus is a writer, performer, visual artist, and independent teacher/mentor with an interest in the role of artists as creative catalysts for community building. He is a founder of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of the Latino Writers Collective, DSKC, and the Charlotte Street Foundation. Faus maintains cardio studio, a fine art studio practice in downtown Kansas City, and has been involved in a series of mural projects locally and internationally. His chapbook This Town Like That was released by Spartan Press; his second book of poetry The Life and Times of Jose Calderon was published by West 39 Press.