Guided by author Nick Flynn, this generative memoir writing workshop looks closely at students' work to find ways to transform it, and go deeper into the shadow world.

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In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: “Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end.” In our week together, I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of “bewilderment” and how it gets acted out in our writing—either through syntax, our accessing the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, unrealized.

This will be a generative workshop, in the sense that we will look closely at work we bring in to find ways to transform it, go deeper into the shadow world.


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Instructor: Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is the author of five books of poetry all published by Graywolf Press: I Will Destroy You (forthcoming September 2019), My Feelings (2015); The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (2011)—an emotional, resilient response to some of the essential issues of our day; Some Ether (2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award; and Blind Huber (2002). Nick grew up on Boston’s South Shore. He spent six years working at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston homeless shelter.