Last weekend I took a class about writing Collage Memoir from Paisley Rekdal who teaches in the MFA program at the University of Utah. While I do write in a journal every night, I'm not quite sure why, since my life is usually pretty dull. I read, I write, I cook, less often I clean...I watch soccer, drive carpool, chat with friends, watch TV, bad Reality TV...
So it was interesting to discover that I do have interesting things to say as Paisley guided us through a series of readings, followed by writing exercises. Collage writing combines personal writing, poems, photography, art, fiction--or even "found language" from news articles, etc.
I actually came up with a few essay ideas that I'd like to pursue. And I added several unusual books to my ongoing To-Read list--books I never would've heard of otherwise--like Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud which provided the starting point for the class. Talk about a different genre!
Best of all--I found myself jotting down note after note about ways I could use collage writing techniques to develop characters in my novel and move the story forward in unique ways. So, if you're looking for a way to pump some energy into your writing, try taking a class outside of your comfort zone. It'll spark your imagination for sure!
Thanks Writers@Work for sponsoring the class!