Thursday, April 19, 2018

Festival of Faith and Writing Sketchnotes Part Two

Last week at the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I sketchnoted the sessions I attended.

On Day Two of the Festival, I got to listen to such wonderful speakers!

First, Dinty W. Moore spoke about mindfulness and writing.   I looked forward to hearing him speak because I love his book about writing personal essays, Crafting the Personal Essay, and use it in my own writing and to teach essay writing to college students.  I look forward to reading The Mindful Writer soon!

Later that day I got to listen to a conversation between two poets, Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marie Howe.  I'd heard Pádraig speak on poetry and reconciliation earlier in the week at Hope College, and looked forward to listening to these two talk about poetry and the body politic from their shared artistic perspectives.

What struck me most from this talk was Marie Howe's idea that while we, as writers, know we should strive to avoid cliche's of language, we must also avoid cliche's of thought and being.  I can't wait to talk about that idea with others!

Finally on that afternoon, I attended an overflowing session with Lea Thau of Story Central.  She is a producer and director of award-winning podcasts and live storytelling, and she is a terrific workshop leader.  We only had an hour together and she packed it with goodies.  I would love to do a multi-day workshop with her some time.

No comments:

Post a Comment