June 2015
Nick Flynn

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Memoir as Bewilderment

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June 21, 2015 – June 26, 2015
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Course:
SM15-2405-355
Teacher:
Nick Flynn
Tuition:
$370
SM15-2405-355Nick Flynn,
Description

When first approaching the idea of writing our memoir, says acclaimed poet, memoirist, and playwright Nick Flynn, we often write what we believe is our unique autobiography—but as we press on, we discover that our story is connected to everyone’s story, and only then can we access the deeper mysteries of life.

Under Flynn’s guidance, we look for those moments when we begin to stutter and stumble when talking about our projects, and push more deeply into the shadows, into the unknown of our misremembered past. We wrestle with these deeper mysteries as well as the concept of bewilderment, and how we can embody both in our memoirs—through syntax, our access to the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, and unrealized.

Come with a willingness to push deeper into this shadow world, and an openness to question why you tell the particular stories about your life that you do.

More Information

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • The Reenactments: A Memoir by Nick Flynn
Schedule
SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.-7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
 
MONDAY
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
TUESDAY
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
 
THURSDAY
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
FRIDAY
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
Noon-1:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Teachers
Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is author of three memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking Is the Bomb, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, also published as Being Flynn, the title of the feature film based on the book. Flynn is also author of three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands, Some Ether, and Blind Huber. nickflynn.org