Writing From Workbook 52
August 2017
Dan Chaon

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Writing From Workbook 52

This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega registration to be placed on a waiting list at 877.944.2002.

August 13, 2017 – August 18, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Lynda Barry, Dan Chaon
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Lynda Barry and Dan Chaon have been teaching together for the last four years. Together they have developed a set of writing exercises that are part of their forthcoming book,Workbook 52.

This workshop is about a way of creating a sustainable writing practice for anyone, at any level, who may be interested in writing but is having a hard time figuring out how to start or continue a story. It’s based on using a common but extraordinary sort of memory—the kind that instantly “floods” us, like when a smell or a song triggers a vivid image of a certain place in time.

Participants learn an easy method to create the circumstances for these kinds of images to come, and set them down quickly in writing. We start by using autobiographical memory, and then learn to apply it to writing fiction.

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Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Lynda Barry is also teaching Writing the Unthinkable.

Things to Bring:

Faculty asks that you bring the following items with you to the course:

  • A standard composition notebook: the classic kind with black and white marbled cardboard covers and lined paper inside (usually has 100-200 pages). If you cannot find one, then please bring a three ring binder with at least 100 sheets of lined notebook paper.
  • 50-100 4x6 index cards
  • Six Papermate black flair pens
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

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

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

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist whose comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comics ran for 30 years. An award-winning author, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Poetry magazine, and many other publications. She is an assistant professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and other journals and anthologies. A teacher at Oberlin College, Chaon was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.