Workshops

DISQUIET offers core writing workshops in Fiction, Memoir and Nonfiction, and Poetry as well as the Writing the Luso Experience workshop. These core workshops meet three times per week (M/W/F). In addition, each year we offer unique workshops such as The Fernando Pessoa Game, Camino Lisbon, Adventures in Form, and others. These workshops meet formally twice per week (T/R).

2014



Short-short Forms with Sally Ashton

This cross-genre workshop will focus on writing in the short-short forms, whether lyric essay, prose poem, flash fiction, or happy combinations. Are the boundaries distinct? Are they even important? We’ll talk about this as we critique new work written in response to your Lisbon experience. Writers who prefer may choose to focus on works in progress.

 

M/W/F, 10:00 AM -12:30 PM

Fiction with Alissa Nutting, Padgett Powell, Derek Nikitas

These workshops will follow the traditional creative writing workshop model in which students discuss, and critique each other’s work in small groups led by the instructor.

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Memoir & Nonfiction with Josip Novakovich

These workshops will follow the traditional creative writing workshop model in which students discuss, and critique each other’s work in small groups led by the instructor.

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Poetry with Erica Dawson, Workshops

These workshops will follow the traditional creative writing workshop model in which students discuss, and critique each other’s work in small groups led by the instructor.

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Playwriting with Jacqueline Goldfinger

Playwriting is open to playwrights of all experience levels and to writers seeking to write a play for the first time. Playwriting meets six times for 2.5 hours per day each MWF of the program. Students have the option of submitting up to 30 pages of original work a month before the program to be workshopped during the program. However, students are not required to submit pages. During the program, we will critique pre-conference submitted work, discuss the elements of playwriting, do writing exercises and give students the opportunity to write their own short play or begin a new full-length piece.

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm CNC

Writing the Luso Experience with Katherine Vaz

For writers of Portuguese descent

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Camino Lisbon with Moez Surani

The Church of St. James, which dates back to 1100, is the starting point of the famous 615 km pilgrimage route, the Camino Portugués. Over four afternoons, we’ll walk this Lisbon stage of the Camino in 8 km increments. We’ll begin at the Church of St. James where we’ll pick up our pilgrim’s passports, follow the Rio Trancão north across the city and finish on the final afternoon in the city of Alverca do Ribatejo. In honour of the pilgrimage route’s pagan past – and their respect for heroism, vitality and bravely overcoming physical hardship – we’ll finish each day’s walk with a ritual drink. Recommended reading: Robert Walser’s The Walk.

T / Th, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Adventures in Form with David Caplan

In this workshop, we will study poetic forms as a means of exploration and adventure. We will try unusual forms and see how more familiar forms might be used in new ways, whether in conjunction with new subjects or in new combinations.  Each session will consist of discussing examples and writing exercises based on what we notice. This workshop is open to poets and non-poets alike.

T / Th, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Fernando Pessoa Game with Cyriaco Lopes, Terri Witek

For writers and artists in any genre. A poet who engages visual arts and a visual artist whose medium is often the materiality of language issue prompts that send workshop participants out into Pessoa’s beloved city. Includes a visit to the Berado Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art that will be open to all DISQUIET participants. No special skills or equipment are required except something to write with and a phone or camera to take pictures. Please bring a photo of the place where you live now and a small piece of writing describing this place for the first move in the game.

T/R, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura


* All workshops are subject to enrollment considerations. Workshops may be canceled if adequate enrollment is not reached.

** Instructors sometimes drop out or reschedule, and, in this unlikely scenario, DISQUIET will replace them and notify participants.

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