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Writing the Unthinkable

July 20, 2014 – July 25, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Lynda Barry
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This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega Registration at 800.944.1001 to be placed on a waiting list. 

Simple Secrets Revealed at Last!!! Writer/Cartoonist TELLS ALL in ACTION-PACKED Workshop!!! Write STORIES as NATURALLY as You Dream Them!!! Use: Memory!!! Pictures!!! Ordinary Words!!! Laughing!!! NO IDEA IS TOO SMALL!!!!

“When people try to write stories they tend to drag the stories behind them,” says writer and cartoonist Lynda Barry. “They think the story and question it and try to arrange it into something understandable, which is no fun at all! It makes a person feel exhausted and cranky. The best way to write is to let the image pull you. You should be water-skiing behind it, not dragging it like a barge. Writing should take you for a ride.”

Focusing first on memory, we embark on a journey into the unexpected. Memories come as uncontrollably as dreams—you may end up remembering things you haven’t thought of since you were a kid. Then we move into fiction. “It’s a way of writing that’s freaky, vivid, and a lot of fun,” Barry says.


More Information

Limited enrollment; register early.

Things to Bring:

A three-ring binder (no other binder or notebook will do), at least 200 sheets of lined paper, and a pen.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

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


Lynda Barry is author of The Good Times Are Killing Me, which won the Washington State Governor’s Award, and Cruddy, which was described by the New York Times as “a work of terrible beauty.” Barry contributed “100 Demons” to the anthology Mothers Who Think and published The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, a collection of her comic strips that feature one of her most popular characters.