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Exploring Lyric Research: Cultivating Obsession to Inform a Narrative with Makenna Goodman (Sold Out)


6 Sessions

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Once a week Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT July 29 to September 2, 2021

Online via Zoom

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Obsession is about interest and paying close attention. To fixate on a theme, a person, an idea, a theory—and then project our own desires on it as if upon a screen—is a form of research. When we elevate these obsessions or points of entry beyond “the personal” and create the space to unravel it through language—that is lyric research.

In this workshop we will explore our obsessions and/or preoccupations to develop a narrative thread that will help us refine how we write and what we focus on. We will begin by talking, by reading, and discussing as a group. We will focus our energy on something specific, using it as a thread to follow. We will write, we will read aloud, we will discuss other media and stories we consume and in general, gather all our material from the fabric of our daily lives, to bring the unconscious into presence. We will pick up each piece of our research, lay it out on a table, pick it up and look at it from all sides, put it down again, make new arrangements. We will experiment with form and we will make our own rules.

Come prepared to talk about what obsesses you, but be prepared to surprise yourself by what that unearths. It may be far from what you expect.

All Levels
Capacity: 12

This workshop will take place online via Zoom.


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    Makenna Goodman

    Makenna Goodman

    Makenna Goodman is the author of The Shame, which was named a Harvard Review Favorite Book of 2020, a White Review Recommended Read, a Refinery29 Best New Book, a Literary Hub Recommended Read, a Bustle Most Anticipated Book, a Book Club Pick, and more. Essays, interviews, and other writing have been featured in the New York Review of Books, Los Angeles Review of Books, the White Review, Electric Literature, Guernica, Literary Hub, Catapult, the Rumpus, Commonplace, the Paris Review, and forthcoming in the Harvard Review and BOMB. She is based in Vermont.