WRITING YOUR OBSESSION
In this four-week workshop you will write the living daylights out of that thing that writes the living daylights out of you. What, like a fixed star, is at the center of your heart? What is your hobbyhorse, your idee fixe, your charge? What hangs you up and infatuates? What haunts you? As a point of entry into this workshop, begin to consider what keeps you. Is it something like god, or a birthmark, or an old love, or stones, or someone famous, or snow, or freedom, or triangles, or crying? Writing and reading assignments will guide you into your obsession so that you become more fluent in the parts of its landscape that mystify you. Bring your shovels. We’re going to go deep. Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and everything in between are WELCOME. To keep us company we will read Franz Kafka, Bruno Schulz, Donald Barthelme, Gertrude Stein, Lucie Brock-Broido, Samuel Beckett, Mary Ruefle, and others.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections, The Babies & Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk, her first book of fiction, is recently out from Dorothy, a publishing project. For The Paris Review she writes a monthly column on fairytales and motherhood entitled HAPPILY. She lives, writes, and teaches in Athens, Georgia.