6 Week Writing Workshop: Writing as Becoming (4 of 6)
Writing as Becoming
You are usually the hero of your own stories, whether they’re on paper or in your head. In truth, you play a lot of roles in your life and you can play a lot more characters in your writing. As Walt Whitman said, you contain multitudes.
Allowing yourself, or inviting yourself, to play out new and different identities can be both a creative work of personal healing and a way of expressing your complexity. You can create and understand new meanings with this work.
This class uses the practice of writing as a way not just to express who we are, but in order to newly or once again embody the many facets of who we are, who we have been, who we want to be, and who we are creating ourselves into.
We will use Joseph Campbell’s 8 archetypes as our organizing principle. We are all heroes, mentors, allies, heralds, tricksters, shapeshifters, guardians, and shadows. We will use our writing to explore how we have embodied these roles in the past and wish to embody them in the future. We will also discuss other archetypal models and how you can use them in your work.
No one trusts a person who is the hero in every story and no one is always the hero. Stories need many kinds of characters in order to be interesting and you can and do play them all. Occupying different archetypes in your writing allows you to become more honest with yourself and your audience.
Each week we will write from the perspective of one archetype and create a story, poem, essay, or wordartcollage that expresses our identity as it occupies each role.
How long? 6 weeks
When? November 5th - December 10th
Mondays 6:30-9 pm.
Where? The Dragonfly.
Who? Tracey Duncan will be the instructor.
Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org or check or cash to The Dragonfly at 3921 St. Claude Ave.
Tracey Duncan is a writer and teacher in New Orleans. You can read her work on Vice, on her personal blog, or you can google her name and see what randomness pops up. Tracey has taught writing to preschoolers, preteens, professionals, and college students (who are like professional preschoolers). Her passion is helping people create and recreate themselves through language in ways that are empowering, healing, and fun to read. You can reach her at email@example.com if you have questions or want to send her a weird poem.