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May 27th

The Lab

Tue, 05/27/2008 - 7:42am

Fiction, Creative-Non, and Beyond...

Private writing labs with Matthew Clark Davison 


Over the 10 years of teaching Creative Writing at SF State and consulting one-on-one with authors, I was often asked, "When are you going to teach a private writing class?"

Former students who had finished their formal study of creative writing still yearned for writing prompts and reading assignments to keep writing for the long haul. They wanted a casual place where they could commune with other writerly types without being bogged down with the traditional commitment of reading and critiquing dozens of pages in a traditional workshop. 

People I knew with families and/or 9-5 jobs and artists in other disciplines also expressed interest in a private class. Not for the goal of publishing a book, necessarily, but to explore creative writing as a form of artistic expression. 

Once I started working as an Artist Mentor at Performing Arts Workshop, I paid attention to how electric the group dynamic can be when creative people of multiple disciplines and backgrounds come together to talk about art. 

So "The Lab" is "a place to experiment with prose" targeted to "people who love words." This turns out to be a broad and dynamic group. The work and conversations generated the 8-week sessions of "The Douglass Street Lab" have been exhilarating and inspiring. 

Here's a link to a previous entry on Douglass Street & here are some of the quotes we considered on week 1 of the most recent session: 

“Fear is not your enemy, it’s your energy—let it make you freer, bigger. Let them see your hand shake as you reach out.” –Amy Freed 

“I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I'll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side.” —Audre Lorde

Click Here to Register for the latest session of The Lab

Pictures of The Douglass Street Lab: