If you are a writer looking for a way to open more work in your world, save the date for “Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing” with presenter Jack Grapes this May 18. Sponsored by IWOSC, the workshop will be at the Vets Auditorium from 10:30 to 1 pm.
Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including Trees, Coffee, and the Eyes of Deer, and Breaking Down the Surface of the World. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled and the running form, naked, Blake. His most recent publication is Lucky Finds, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson.
“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.
Jack Grapes will present this overview of the writer’s creative process, focusing on his book “METHOD WRITING,” a technique he’s developed and used in his writing workshops over the last 35 years. Jack will discuss the nature of the creative process, and how that applies to “Method Writing.” So bring something to write on: paper and pen, parchment and quill, stone and chisel — whatever works.
He will lead the group in a writing prompt, time permitting.
Due for publication from Grapes in 2013 will be two other books: “The Tender Agonies of Charles Bukowski,” based on Grapes’ longtime friendship and literary correspondence; and “How to Read Like a Writer,” a unique approach to discovering the deep elements of a writer’s style.
Jack Grapes was featured on the cover of the Directory of American Poets and Writers, along with Robert Creeley and Tobias Wolff. Over the last 30 years, he has taught over two thousand poets and writers. He was a board member for PEN Center USA West. www.jackgrapes.com
DATE: Saturday, May 18
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: General public $35. IWOSC members $15. If you pay for the meeting and decide to join that day, you will be credited for the member rate.
NEW RESERVATIONS policy: E-MAIL RESERVATIONS REQUIRED — Reservations by email only. Email [email protected] to make your reservation for this event. Please write “IWOSC Reservation – May 18 seminar” in the subject line. You will receive a confirming email from IWOSC, and your name will be on a list at check-in. For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a Smartphone version of your “sent” email or confirmation. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Please arrive by 10:20 a.m. to be assured a seat. People without reservations will be admitted as space permits starting at 10:20 a.m. Reservations close at 5 pm Friday 5/17. If you reserve and can’t attend, please notify the office, [email protected] .
LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland (at Culver Boulevard), Culver City, California. FREE parking; enter on Culver. (Wear layered clothing; the room is usually comfortable, but the temperature can vary.)