Thursday, October 12th
Instructor: Lara Jacobs
Crossroads. Intersections. Thresholds.
Whatever we call them, these moments are moments of change — after which we are not the same. There are things that happen, things that people say, things that we do that linger in our minds and become essential to our stories. We often struggle to write them down. Where do we begin? How do we find our voices? Why do these experiences resonate long after the moment ends?
To honor the changing seasons and the shift from summer to fall, this workshop will explore our threshold moments — whether they're beginnings or endings, seen or unseen, internal or external shifts. We'll consider how naming these moments can help us find new language for when our old stories no longer feel true. We'll discuss how to voice stories contemporary to ourselves. Our stories are living organisms: they change as we change. We'll close with advice on how you can turn your moments into a narrative and keep writing. You can expect writing exercises and craft tools for finding your voice and shaping your story as we transition to a new season.
About the Instructor:
Lara is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Boston University's MFA Program in Fiction as well as a semi-finalist for a Fulbright in Creative Writing. Her application was recommended by the U.S. Fulbright committee for a grant, and her project endorsed by architecture professors at the University of Sydney and English professors at the University of New South Wales, in conjunction with their Center for Modernism. Her short story “Pitchers of Milk, Now Empty” was a finalist for the 2021 Bayou Magazine James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. She teaches courses in narrative writing, writing and the visual arts, and travel writing at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also teaches for Lighthouse Writers' Workshop, for the international Eating Recovery Center, and for doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital as part of the CORAL Arts Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Individually, she offers private instruction to clients to develop their manuscripts and to find their voices. Visit her website larajacobswriter.com for more information.