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Field Trip! Cultivating the Observer’s Eye
$45.00 – $90.00
This course is part of our 2021 Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival (SSSF) and will be held via Crowdcast. The fees from ABC’s adult writing workshops subsidize our free writing programs for kids, whose work is collected in a yearly anthology, and pay our adult workshop instructors. A limited number of seats in each class are reserved for scholarships, which cover 100% of tuition-fees and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome, and we especially encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers to apply.
Author Leah Hampton writes about small town and working class life, and the stories in her book F*ckface are based on real events and locales. Because writing can often feel isolating and solitary (especially this past year), it can be helpful to get out of the house and do generative field research to enliven and populate your work. Doing so also helps us reconnect with the world and get excited about writing. In this class, students will be given a set of optional, easy prompts to complete before the workshop, such as short excursions, passive observation tasks, and mini-interviews. The class session will then feature concrete strategies for generating new material based on the exercises, some examples of “found” fiction, and if time allows, a show and tell featuring a few participants’ discoveries. By the end of class students will have made progress towards a new story or essay, with at least one character sketch and either a scene or location outline.
This Austin Bat Cave adult writing seminar is open to writers of all levels and will be recorded.
About the Instructor
Leah Hampton writes about Appalachia, corpses, ecoanxiety, and smart women. Her debut collection, F*ckface and Other Stories, was released by Henry Holt and was named one of the best books of 2020 by The Paris Review, the New York Public Library, Slate, and others. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers, she has been awarded multiple prizes and fellowships including UT-Austin’s Keene Prize for Literature and the Phillip Roth residency at the Stadler Center for Poetry. Her work has appeared in Ecotone, Guernica, McSweene