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University of Chicago Writer’s Studio Master Series; Searching for It in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
With its propulsive force and thrumming momentum, On the Road has long been heralded (and occasionally reviled) for its spontaneous prose style, a seemingly effortless translation of thought to the page. Beneath that surface is a hard-scrubbed effort, a mining of mind and craft that provides valuable lessons on the the writing process and the struggles that define it. Through close reading, discussion, and in-class prompts, we will probe his use of point of view; commanding and sensory details; and spontaneous prose. Mining his work challenges us to reach beyond what we think to get at versus what we really think, to discover the less evident, often uncomfortable mysteries that fuel writing that resonates and shimmers on the page.
Thursday, July 13, Reader’s Hall, 6 – 9 p.m. Cost: $100 (includes museum entry). See the Writer’s Studio for more information and class reservations.
In preparation for class, please read the first chapter and 6-10 in Part III of On the Road. For a digital copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In today’s crowded media landscape, how do you sell your book or short story? How do you make your mark with your writing? In this one-day workshop author David Berner (October Song: A Memoir of Music and the Journey of Time, Roundfire Press 2017) teaches you how to find your way through the complicated process of getting your words out.
Thursday, July 27, Readers Hall, 7 p.m. Cost: $50 per participant, call for reservations.
The Swiss Army Knife of Plants: A History of the Palm
The Horticulturalist from the Chicago Park District conservatories discusses the history of palms, their botanical uses, and the palms in the historic Garfield Park Conservatory Palm House.
Thursday, July 27, Reader’s Hall, 5 p.m. General public. $5 suggested donation.