Since attending WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE with Lynda Barry at Omega Institute in July, I’ve used a process Lynda (aka Professor Andretti) described for writing her amazing novel, Cruddy. I adapted the steps a bit to write a short story. My process was: DRAFT 1: Write the first draft by hand—not with ink and brush (as … Continue reading A useful process from Lynda Barry
I can’t yet write deeply/fully about my experience at Lynda Barry’s WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE Omega Institute workshop last week, because it’s all still coalescing, and it’s summertime, and I just don’t have the mind space word space right now. But I wrote a message to my former students and couple colleagues, because the message does scratch the surface (cliche, … Continue reading Lynda Barry, Omega Institute workshop (scratching the surface)
UPDATE: as of 6/25, the workshop is full. But you can sign up for the waiting list at the link below. Creative Writing for Adults We have a few spaces left! REGISTER HERE: https://greenelibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/60bfd8c264016437009c9492 Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00PM – 8:00PM Yellow Springs Community Library YS author Rebecca Kuder will lead numerous writing exercises to unleash the … Continue reading Free creative writing workshop, June 29
What works best, as a way in? The idea, or the image? The problem with THINKING (about IDEAS) in your HEAD. (This is adapted from a presentation I gave at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in March of 2018.) How many times have you heard others (or yourself) say or think, “I can’t think of anything … Continue reading The problem with thinking
( Of necessity, This blog post was drafted with the assistance of Google docs voice typing. Please excuse Associated errors.) January 12-29, 2020 On Monday evening, January 6th, I tripped and fell backward and tried to catch myself with my right hand, but broke my wrist. Dominant hand. Parentheses people keep asking about that. Which … Continue reading writing with a missing piece of the self
Recently I had the pleasure of teaching at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop‘s Dive Into Your Story: Where do you get your ideas?. We dealt with the inner critic and how to renegotiate the relationship, moving aside the noise so we can get to getting ideas, and writing. You who read this blog know I write & … Continue reading The inner critic is everywhere! But that won’t stop us, no!
Dear people, I am issuing a gift/challenge/invitation for the month of November (a month I love to abhor, by way of Tom Waits’ “November,” which you can hear him perform here and read lyrics below.). (If you read this after November, it’s never too late. Start anytime! And this does not have to be elaborate. You … Continue reading “Go away, you rainsnout…” NOVEMBER! (30 days with the inner critic)
WRITER’S PLAY TIME Rediscover and liberate your sense of play! Unleash your creative spark! Demystify and disarm the inner critical voice that’s holding you back! Nourish any creative process. Inspired by the work of Lynda Barry (Artist and author of WHAT IT IS and SYLLABUS) we will write and draw and move. Please wear comfortable … Continue reading Register NOW for Writer’s Play Time!
I just found a great piece of advice (with an exercise!) from Lynda Barry on the Omega website. “I’m worried about our relationship to our hands, and the kind of intuition they make possible. One of the things I love to do is help people find ways to reestablish that relationship. People long for creative … Continue reading Use your hands.
I’m thrilled to offer WRITER’S PLAY TIME, a FREE (!) WORKSHOP AT YELLOW SPRINGS LIBRARY, Sunday, September 10, 2017. In other words: Rediscover and liberate your sense of play! Unleash your creative spark! Demystify and disarm the inner critical voice that’s holding you back! Nourish any creative process. Inspired by the work of Lynda Barry … Continue reading Mark your calendars: (Free!) Writer’s Play Time in September