What are the things that are impossible to write about? What are the structures / unstructures that are impossible for writing to pull off?
How can doing those impossible things change our sense of what writing is, and who we are as artists?
And how does an embodied experience of the world give shimmer and shape to particular forms of impossibility?
There will be prompts, readings, discussion, weird left turns, responding to each others' work, personalized assignments, collective reflection on both what we make and how we made it.
This is a container for writing-together that I've been exploring and reworking since summer 2022. I'm going to be organizing three cohorts of it, in two versions, this summer.
Each group will be small (8 ppl). Two will meet virtually, one will be in person in LA.
Impossible Writing: Seeds
The goal here is lots of little explosions of experiment and possibility. Small studies that may or may not be connected in a larger project. It's a good way to go if you're wanting fresh energy, seeds of new things.
I'm gonna try doing one in-person in LA (east side), and one over Zoom. Each group will be quite small (8 ppl).
Cohort A: Mondays 6-8p PST - IN PERSON, EAST SIDE LA June 19, 26 July 3, 10, 17 **may switch to virtual if no one is in LA? but wdn't it be nice to hang out w snacks & other LA impossibleists?
Cohort B: Thursdays, 1-3p PST - VIRTUAL June 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20
Impossible Writing: Extensions
This one'll be tuned to sustaining longer investigations. We'll be thinking about how things come together. Sutures and discontinuities and rhythms -- extending a gesture over the course of the workshop, rather than planting multiple gestures and seeing what takes.
Also small (8 ppl), also over Zoom.
Sundays, 1-3p PST - VIRTUAL June 25 July 2, 9, 16, 23
What the Workshop Is A chance to reflect on who we are as writers or artists, what spoken and unspoken "rules" have shaped our practices. A chance to write a number of short (1-2p) experiments, in any form (prose, poetry, dialogue, otherwise) that might nudge open new doors. Or, in the Extensions workshop, something a bit longer... A chance to read & discuss some texts together that invite, provoke, slip sideways through unexpected openings. A chance to consider each others' work with care, curiosity, and attention, and see how each experiment might change writer and readers both. A context for reinvigorating, challenging, upending, reframing a practice. An invitation to -- I hope -- community, fleeting but felt.
What the Workshop Isn't A setting for workshopping existing material. A boot camp for finishing something specific. A source of evaluative ('this is good, this is bad, this works, this doesn't') feedback.
Homework & Meetings Each week, there will be a prompt / assignment to do on your own time and bring to workshop. In the Seeds workshop, that'll be ~1-2p of writing. In the Extensions workshop, that'll vary.
I'm also gonna experiment with one-on-one check-ins during each workshop.
Workshop Fee $240 non-POC $130 POC
I've been fiddling with the fees to account for my evolving sense of (joyful) custodianship involved, and to account for the new experiment in one-on-one meetings. But I'd prefer that $ not be an obstacle, so if your heart is singing to do this and there are other considerations -- just lmk.
I'll open registration on May 16, 2023. These have tended to fill up quickly, since groups are so small. Drop your email in the form below for an update when that happens.
And if you have any questions in the meantime, just write me! tomorrowwillbethe22ndcentury [at] gmail [dot] com.