Laura Kasischke has published eight novels (most recently, The Raising, Harper Collins, 2011) and eight collections of poetry (most recently, Space, In Chains, Copper Canyon Press 2011). She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writing has been published in The New Republic, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and two of her novels have been made into feature films, with a third film, based on her novel, White Bird In A Blizzard, forthcoming. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan
Workshop: Hold That Thought
In this workshop we will practice, through a series of exercises and discussion, the process of writing as the process of thinking. Although I don't believe that the "first thought" is always the "best thought" (the revised first thought is often even better!), I believe in the power of the subconscious mind and that there approaches to writing that can help us tap it so that unexpected material for is brought forth. We will try our hand at new as well and time-honored writing processes to see what we might generate for discussion. My hope is that you'll take a wealth of new material home with you for further exploration and revision after the conference.
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