Writing the Unthinkable
August 2017

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Writing the Unthinkable

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August 06, 2017 – August 11, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Lynda Barry
Plus accommodations
SM17-3605-844Lynda Barry,

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

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Lynda Barry is also teaching Writing From Workbook 52.

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.