Arts Labs for Teens / Writing: Out of the Ordinary
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
with Taylor McGill
In this workshop, we will become well-practiced in the habit active noticing. The normal and seemingly mundane things in our environment will become the subjects for extraordinary prose. We will step away from our desks, our writerly solitude, and with a journal in hand we will collect the details of the day by wandering, watching, gathering, communicating, moving, playing, and eavesdropping. In our journals we might scribble, glue torn newspaper, tape gum wrappers, or press flowers. We will perform wild experiments; arranging and collaging and collaborating to generate imaginative writing that engages, extends, and defies the "rules" of various genres including poems, short stories, plays, letters, comics, questions, and more!
Taylor McGill earned a BA in English and creative writing from Rutgers University. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she is a candidate in the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets & Writers. She teaches creative and expository writing to UMass undergraduates and teaches at the Holyoke Care Center for the RADIUS program, a community education project in audio storytelling.
This weekly drawing group offers time and space for individuals who wish to continue to hone their drawing skills in an independent environment. Participants work indoors in the light-filled Benenson Visitors Center and gallery or outdoors in the landscape of The Fields sculpture park.
FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Playgroup meets on September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1.
NO CLASS SATURDAY, MARCH 9