Class #47

The Writers Workshop: Writing the Journey Home

Al DeGenova

July 28 - August 3

instructor imageThis class is taught in the tradition of writer and teacher Norbert Blei, who taught at The Clearing for over 40 years. It’s a week that includes an exploration of a specific subject and/or approach to writing and writing prompts, and the camaraderie of a community of writers.

Choose one of two class sections: Writing the Journey Home (afternoons) or The Workshop (mornings).

Writing the Journey Home: The “nostos journey” or journey home (as that term relates to Homer’s Odyssey) can be a literal or figurative journey, but it is always a long journey with countless metaphorical twists and turns. This class will explore themes that will help you write the story of your life’s journeys to that place you think of as home, the place you feel most yourself. Is home a place or a feeling? Core reading, handouts and discussion will be enhanced by in-class writing prompts and assignments. All that is necessary for this class is a desire to write!

The core required reading for Writing the Journey Home is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Exit Ghost by Philip Roth. Optional reading is On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings by Matsuo Basho and translated by Sam Hamill (Shambhala Classic edition).

Level For Writing The Journey Home: Beginner/Intermediate

The Workshop: This class section is intended for more advanced writers with some history of publication. Instructor approval is required for admission. For approval, contact Albert at For The Workshop, submit four to six one-page poems or a maximum of six pages of prose—work with which you have struggled or for which you desire peer feedback. Fellow students and Albert will read submitted work prior to class. Work must be emailed to Albert one month prior to class in either .pdf or .doc format. Albert will then share your work with your fellow students. Each day will include in-class writing prompts and a “homework” prompt. Students in The Workshop may also sit in on the Writing the Journey Home class in the afternoon.

Level For The Workshop: Intermediate/Advanced

Albert DeGenova began his studies with Norbert Blei at The Clearing in 1996. A prize-winning poet, writer, editor and publisher, Albert is the author of five books of poetry, and for the past 30-plus years has worked as a journalist and marketing communications professional. In June of 2000, he launched the literary/arts journal, After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. In 2014, After Hours Press published The Professor’s Quarters, student perspectives on Norbert Blei and his class at The Clearing. Albert holds a master of fine art degree in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also a blues saxophonist and one-time contributing editor to DownBeat magazine.

Albert will contact students prior to class.

Level: See class details above
Materials Fee: $5 for copies

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals