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Class #11

Writing in Place

Ellen Blum Barish

August 5 | 9 - 4


We have a rich relationship with place. We know the places we know sensorially - what they feel-like, smell-like, sound-like, look-like and taste-like. Place imprints on us. Maybe we’ve even imprinted on places as well. They have been a part of making us, us. How does living on or near water or in the desert or the woods or with a view of the mountains impact how we see? Do wide open spaces allow more room to think? Do cramped urban spaces encourage more secrecy or make writing less safe? What about the tension between two places we think of as home? And what happens when the places we love change? Ellen will shine a light on place as a multi-layered topic of reflection, a character in our writing, and a contributor to our creative process. We'll look at place through a variety of short readings, discussion and writing prompts and allow time for feedback on our works-in-progress.

Ellen Blum Barish is the author of Seven Springs: A Memoir, published by Shanti Arts in 2021, the essay collection Views from the Home Office Window (Adams Street Publishing, 2007) and she is a contributor to the anthology Chicago Storytellers From Stage to Page (Chicago Story Press, 2020). Her personal essays have been published in Brevity’s Blog, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, Tablet and The Chicago Tribune and have aired on Chicago Public Radio. She founded the literary publication Thread, which earned four notables in Best American Essays and has taught writing at Northwestern University where she earned a master’s in journalism. Ellen currently teaches workshops at Story Studio Chicago and Lighthouse Lit Fest and works privately with writers on essay collections and memoir.

Tuition: $110 (lunch included)
Location: Jens Jensen Visitor Center
Web: www.ellenblumbarish.com



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