Explore the elements of storytelling on location at some of the region’s famed cultural and historical sites. This course focuses on writing as a lived experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Class meets every week, alternating between in-class and off site excursions. Enjoy inspiration with visits to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History … Continue reading The “Lit” Crawl: A Creative Writing Workshop
LitCrawl: People Watching
Playground It is not a fair but children are playing there, On swing sets and red asphalt surrounded by overgrown weeds and tall swaying trees. It is not fair but an elder gentleman sleeps there, In gold buckled black loafers and dress socks, Basketball shorts with his arms folded in a knot. It is a … Continue reading LitCrawl: People Watching
Missouri History Museum
Is it true that only trouble is interesting? Why or why not?
Lit Crawl: St. Louis Public Library (Central)
For our third and final LitCrawl destination, we will visit the St. Louis Public Library Central location downtown. Throughout the course, we have discussed how to brainstorm ideas, build a working outline, and decide which narrative arcs to follow or avoid. For this class assignment, you will take your chosen piece from our in class … Continue reading Lit Crawl: St. Louis Public Library (Central)
The Boy in the Crimson Veil
by Daphne M. Rivers Gun smoke, panic, and flashing lights - it's the sort of thing of celluloid fantasy, a tide of anger slams into the shores of our fear and complacency when it washes out there is only you, a boy in the crimson veil. Neighborhood heroes and saviors line the pavement, purposeless because … Continue reading The Boy in the Crimson Veil
Dummy Doll Lover
by Daphne M. Rivers Lothario, Lothario, poor boy being flung about, by a two-foot terror in white ribbons. He keeps a smile all the while, with pounding fist and parted lips, She beats that pretty face till it cracks then gives. Spoiling her Sunday best as She stoops in the dust, in cotton dress baptized … Continue reading Dummy Doll Lover
Suggested Audio: Edgar Allen Poe
“When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect ...” - Edgar Allen Poe
Lit Crawl: Lesson 01
Expected weather: Partial sunshine 76° /32°F with sunshine. If the weather forecast does not drastically change, on Saturday 9/22/18 class will meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden in the main lobby at 9 a.m. Directions will be posted in Slack. If you have any concerns about accessibility or transportation please let me know so that … Continue reading Lit Crawl: Lesson 01
Where Do They Get It From?
Ever wonder where some of your favorite works of "street lit" got their inspiration for sex, violence, and tragedy from? This summer we'll revisit some the Bard's most famous works. To sign up click here http://stlcc.edu/CE .
Suggested Reading List
To craft compelling and believable narratives about urban dwelling, it is imperative to have a good grasp of how it is experienced and portrayed in both fiction and nonfiction. Here are some of my favorite reads to draw inspiration from.
Summer Urban Literature Class
Ever wonder what the surveillance state has in store for the future? Wanna write about it?
Registration for Summer Urban Literature Class
This course is for aspiring urban fiction or “street lit” writers looking to hone their storytelling skills. We will explore the key themes of the genre that make for compelling and engaging storytelling. Learn how to develop narratives about life in the big cities which address, gender, violence, social politics. We will discuss representations of … Continue reading Registration for Summer Urban Literature Class