One event on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:00pm
Join us for a few evenings of creative art journalling – for ANYONE! Following Lynda Barry’s Syllabus, we will explore words and images. Somewhere between doodles in a school notebook and expressive fine art, we will get our thoughts and memories onto the page! The Art Journalling sessions will be led by Amy Hand, as part of Jumpstart January 2018. All supplies provided. $10 materials fee. Please sign up at the library by calling 236-3440 or emailing Cayla at email@example.com. If there is interest, we can turn this into a regular journalling meet-up.
The award-winning author Lynda Barry is the creative force behind the genre-defying and bestselling work What It Is. She believes that anyone can be a writer and has set out to prove it. For the past decade, Barry has run a highly popular writing workshop for nonwriters called Writing the Unthinkable, which was featured in The New York Times Magazine. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor is the first book to make her innovative lesson plans and writing exercises available to the public for home or classroom use. Barry teaches a method of writing that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual. It has been embraced by people across North America—prison inmates, postal workers, university students, high-school teachers, and hairdressers—for opening pathways to creativity.
Syllabus takes the course plan for Barry’s workshop and runs wild with it in her densely detailed signature style. Collaged texts, ballpoint-pen doodles, and watercolor washes adorn Syllabus’s yellow lined pages, which offer advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process. Throughout it all, Barry’s voice (as an author and as a teacher-mentor) rings clear, inspiring, and honest.