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The Walking Narrative with Meghan Lamb

$365.00 · July 27

Alternating between online craft conversations and in-person walking-and-writing exercises, this generative course will facilitate a conversation between reading, writing, and moving through space.

Start Date

July 27

Day(s) of the Week

Saturday

Class Times

10:00am – 12:30pm CT

Sessions

6

Location

Chicago Studio, Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$365

In stock

Description

Many writers describe walking as an integral part of their creative process (ala, “I walk to clear my head” and, “I walk to observe real-world dialogue and interactions”). The end product, however, seldom retains imprints of those inspirational footpaths, leaving the reader to wonder, “How, precisely does the writer get from Point A—the walk—to Point B—the story?” What happens when we frame the written product in conversation with the dual processes of walking and writing? And what happens when we consider walking itself as a creative act?

Alternating between online craft conversations and in-person walking-and-writing exercises, this generative course will facilitate a conversation between reading, writing, and moving through space. Craft-talks will feature walking narratives from writers such as Annie Ernaux, Valeria Luiselli, and Teju Cole. Participants will emerge from the class with new work toward three of their own walking narratives, as well as a set of strategies for gleaning narrative inspiration from the environment.

Course readings include:
Excerpts from Sidewalks – Valeria Luiselli
Excerpts from Exteriors – Annie Ernaux
Excerpts from Open City – Teju Cole


Week 1 – Online- Saturday, 7/27
Moving through Time, Part I
We will explore how walking narratives simultaneously navigate the present (real-time interactions and observations) and the past (histories and memories that haunt the spaces we move through).

Possible readings (subject to change):
Excerpts from Sidewalks – Valeria Luiselli
Excerpts from Good Morning Midnight – Jean Rhys

Week 2 – In Person- Saturday, 8/3
Moving through Time, Part II
Possible walking location (subject to change): Alta Vista Terrace Historic District

Week 3 – Online- Saturday, 8/10
Moving through Layers, Part I
We will explore how writers engage with their own subjective biases, projections, and even their obsessions when their walks “trigger” a sense of recognition.

Possible readings (subject to change):
Excerpts from Exteriors – Annie Ernaux
Excerpts from The Disintegrations – Alistair McCartney

Week 4 – In Person- Saturday, 8/17
Moving through Layers, Part II
Possible walking location (subject to change): Graceland Cemetery

Week 5 Online- Saturday, 8/24
Moving through Gaze, Part I
Opposed to simply moving through space, we will examine (and process) how spaces respond to us.

Possible readings (subject to change):
Excerpts from Open City – Teju Cole
Excerpts from Suite Venitienne – Sophie Calle

Week 6 – In Person- Saturday, 8/31
Moving through Gaze, Part II
Possible walking location (subject to change): Southport Ave Shopping District

About Meghan Lamb

Meghan Lamb is the author of Failure to Thrive (Apocalypse Party, 2021) All of Your Most Private Places (Spork Press, 2020) and Silk Flowers (Birds of Lace, 2017). She recently served as the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, and has led workshops at the University of Chicago, Eötvös Loránd University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has appeared in Quarterly West, DIAGRAM, Redivider, Passages North, and The Rumpus, among other publications. She currently serves as the nonfiction editor of Nat. Brut, a Whiting Award-winning journal of art and literature dedicated to advancing inclusivity in all creative fields.