Instructor: Douglas W. Milliken
Date & Time: Saturday, July 8 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
The world-renowned modern architect Frank Gehry—best known for his soaring, titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles—has been known to stick his head into any dumpster he passes to sift through other people’s trash. By physically putting himself in the way of the unknown, Gehry sought to build a mental index of random shapes that might lead to an unforeseen idea.
Writers can glean an important truth from the story of Gehry’s eccentric dumpster-diving: the most powerful inspiration is often found in the most ordinary but unexpected places. Since every story is built toward a moment of surprise and wonder in which the reader sees a new logic in the chaos of the world, the question becomes how to unearth, discover, and even cultivate freshness.
In this workshop, attendees will participate in a series of writing exercises aimed to cultivate the skill of seeing narratives hidden amid the seemingly arbitrary, and will give and receive feedback on what they produce. Attendees will leave with the foundations of several new and otherwise unexpected stories.
Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, and have been published in Slice, the Collagist, and the Believer, among others.
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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on June 26 at 9:00 a.m.
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