"Douglass Street 4" is off to a great start. This time we have published writers, MFAs, and people who started writing in first grade who have never sent out a story or taken a creative writing class. We have designers, performers, students, retail sales people, and former glass blowers. (Well, one glass blower that I know of, but it sounds better in the plural).
I'm always blown away by the deep, unexpected places people go. Perhaps it's the intimate relaxed atmosphere at Mark's place on Douglass Street. Perhaps it's that we don't do big corny introductions. Instead, we trust that the work we produce will allow others to know us. Perhaps people who sign up for The Lab are ready to work hard and take risks. Maybe it's a combo. Whatever the case, it sure is a pleasure.
Here's one of the prompts we've used after considering & discussing a bunch of provocative quotes:
"There are things I’ve done that I’m proud of, and there are things I’ve done that I’m ashamed. But back then, it seemed like everything I did filled me with both..."
Try writing it as your first couple of lines and then see where it takes you...
As this session of The Lab sold out several weeks in advance, I've had several people from the waiting list ask if they can pre-register for the next Lab.
The answer is YES. We will be doing the next 8-week Lab starting on Tuesday 4/7/09 running weekly until 5/26/09 (these dates are subject to change slightly). They run from 7-9:30 at Mark's beautiful house on 21st and Douglass, =distant from The Castro and Noe Valley. See pictures here.
To secure yourself a slot, please carefully read the payment/refund policies on the registration form. A $100 NON-REFUNDABLE administration fee, applicable toward the total tuition ($395), can hold your spot until 4/1, at which time all fees are due. The 12 slots (there are 13 total participants, including the host) are sold on a first-registered, first-served basis.
Thanks for reading and happy writing!
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