Friday, March 26, 2010

Wanted: Handmade Writers

While my readership is on the petite side, it is also heavy on writers. So when I received an email from Amy Spencer asking me to let my friends know about her online writing class, Handmade Writer, I thought it seemed like a good idea.

Here is an excerpt from the letter she sent:
"The Handmade Writer e-course has been inspired by the strength of craft
communities and brings a crafty approach to creative writing. I am a writer
and also a crafter and I know lots of other people are too. I see
similarities between the two creative forms and that’s what this e-course
is all about. I will encourage students to gather material from every
source imaginable and use the fabric of their lives to tell extraordinary
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that she is offering up a chance to win a spot in the course to those of us who help to promote it, and I will also admit that I'd be pretty happy to scoop that prize! (Not that I have time for it... but I'd make time!) The course sounds great, and is definitely the kind of thing I would consider doing, if I wasn't already a diligent Library Tech. student. I like that she is combining craftiness with writing, in that sometimes through crafting we take the pressure off ourselves to create "high art" and then create it by accident anyway. There is nothing so beautiful as a hand-knit scarf, a splotchy collage, a scrappy poem. There is nothing so lovely as an unselfconscious foray into imagination.

So, check it out! And if anyones signs up, I'd love to hear how it goes! There will come a day when I am no longer a student, and when the panic of that sets in, I will certainly want to sign up for creative writing classes like this one. 

*Update: I won! Such good luck I'm having lately! At least when it comes to contests (I also won a book recently). I'm really looking forward to taking this, my first writing class. If nothing else, at least the quality of my posts here should improve ; )

1 comment: