Since I began teaching at the American Museum of Natural History, I’ve realized how much an inspirational setting can jumpstart the imagination and create a flurry of new work for my students. Just as artists sketch in museums or on a busy sidewalk, taking a writer away from their desk and engaging them in the world can bring new life to their work. To further this, One Story has decided to host a series of site-specific, single-day writing classes across New York City.
Our first site-specific (and just in time for Halloween!) class will take place at GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY, on October 26th from 1:30pm – 5:00pm. Brooklyn’s largest National Historic Landmark! 478 beautiful acres filled with gothic architecture, American history, and over half a million interred. Our class will include a guided tour of Green-Wood’s highlights, a craft lecture by me (I am from Salem, after all) on how to create characters from gravestones; a reading in the chapel, and a series of on-the-spot writing exercises that will bring your writing back from the dead. Go here for complete details. There is no application–and available spots are first come, first served. We hope you’ll join us!