In this eco-writing workshop, Assistant Professor Heidi Hart (Utah State University) will use so-called five-senses exercises and time spent outdoors to understand links and disruptions in the local geography.
Together with the participants, Heidi Hart will find places where human and non-human presence meet and investigate how humans are mutually observed by other species. Also, stories in film clips and short texts by writers (including Kerstin Ekman and Joy Harjo), will help the participants to think about the Anthropocene witnessing.
On the theoretical level, what Christine Marran calls "obligate storytelling" will help us draw on oral tradition and narrative materiality as we respond to the natural world of which we are a part.
What to expect
Participants will choose a genre and complete a draft of a short story, poem, or creative nonfiction piece, based on another medium "gathered" from the outdoors – for instance a statue or a scent – to add a dimension to their projects. Finally, the participants will share feedback on each other's work and get revision tools to help their future writing.
The workshop is open for all – students as well as teachers. No prior engagement with creative writing is needed. Fika will be served during class.
Date and time: May 30, 1.15 pm–4 pm. Including a fika!
Location: Dacke, House F, Linnaeus University, Växjö
Please send an e-mail to email@example.com if you wish to participate, no later than May 28.
The workshop is organized by the The Anthropocene research group which is part of Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies.