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The Mythic Mundane: Observational Writing Practice

The Mythic Mundane: Observational Writing Practice


To what extent do we overlook the details of a typical day, amidst our routines? How can the mundane actually signal larger implications and patterns? How might one adjust their perspective to look for and see these details and patterns? In this workshop, we will consider these questions as a way to practice writing. We will read prose and poetry to frame our thinking about writing and perception, and we will complete interactive and experiential writing prompts to get our words on the page. Our writing will be rooted in an observational practice, where we take notes everyday (even when we’re not in class), paying deliberate attention to things we might normally overlook. We will also think about how we are reacting to and thinking about those things. These notes will form the basis for our writing. From these notes, we will then compose, workshop and edit poems.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Robert Balun
  • Dates: September 26-October 24, 2019
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30 PM
  • Location: Bushwick
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8