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Note: This Class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class meets 10am-1pm ET for three sessions  (Apr 12, Apr 15, Apr 21)

This is a workshop in reading what you’ve written out loud. Reading to yourself alone in your writing space or to a room full of people, the process is a revelation. It can really open up the writing itself and your presentation of it.

At the first meeting we will consider writing as a script with a performance aspect, and we’ll listen to recorded readings by some great writers to see what they’ve done and what we can learn. We’ll look at the expressed meaning, the subtext of the pieces, and the sonic possibilities. (For example, here’s Siobhan McKenna as Molly Bloom)

After we’ve tuned up our listening, people will read the writings that they’ll first work with, a piece of their own and one that I’ll assign to each person. We’ll record a cold reading, then play it back and see what they sound like.

Over the next week we’ll have mostly one-on-one sessions, working to come up with a full and detailed understanding of the words, changing them if necessary, then readying for a reading, with me functioning as a director.

After that we will meet again as a class. People will read their assignments and the rest of the class can respond. Again, we’ll record.

Then people will choose another piece of writing to work with on their own. I’ll meet one on one with each person for a once-over. At a final class meeting people will read aloud and discuss what we’ve done and what we’ve learned.

The idea is to develop a tool that can make you a better writer and a better reader, whether to yourself or to others.

Class meets 10am – 1pm EST on April 12, 15 and 21.

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Instructor: Sean Kernan

Sean Kernan is a widely-exhibited photographer, writer, film maker and teacher, and has focused deeply on an exploration of creativity in our photography and lives. He is the author of The Secret Books (with Jorge Luis Borges), Among Trees (with Anthony Doerr), Darrell Petit: In Stone, and Looking Into the Light, which explores creativity and photography. In recent years he has made several award-winning films: Crow Stories, The Kampala Boxing Club, A Mind of Winter, and The Visitor. His photography has been exhibited and published in France, Mexico, Egypt, Greece, China, Italy, Switzerland, Iran, Korea, and across the U.S. He has also collaborated with the dance company of choreographer Alison Chase on a theater/dance/multimedia work, Drowned that premiered at MASS MoCA. Clients include AT&T, Knoll, GE, Pratt and Whitney, New York Times, Smithsonian, Bloomberg, Harvard. He has taught and lectured at the New School/Parsons, Art Center Pasadena, Yale Medical School, ICP, and the University of Texas, and he has written for Communication Arts, Lenswork, and Graphis.