Instructor: Abby Baum
Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, $235 May 1, 2017 or thereafter
Monday – Friday July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
In a world that is increasingly colored by diversions and distractions, how do we, as artists, learn to leverage inspiration? This five-day intensive study will be situated in the study of that seemingly elusive muse: inspiration. The course will seek to locate a beginning point for each member, appropriate to wherever he or she currently finds him or herself as a writer, and we will work forward from there. We will practice the ways in which we can draw from our surroundings (through day trips), each other, research, and other artists, all in service of uncovering the idea that inspiration is not something that happens to us, but rather something we can actively create. All levels and genres of writers welcome: the course will use fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, song, graphic art, and film as model texts for investigation.
Abby Baum is thrilled to return to WriterHouse for a second year. She currently serves as a teacher at Albemarle High School. In November of last year, she co-presented her teaching work at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Atlanta, GA. She previously collaborated with the UVA Young Writers Workshop for four years, before which she was a New York-based performer. Her theatrical highlights include a nomination for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Actress; performing in the international company of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Tony and Olivier Award Winner, Lea Salonga; singing at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and with Academy-Award Winner Alan Menken; and working as a Visiting Artist with an area high school.