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Writing Without Thinking with Josh Krigman


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Saturday, 12:00 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT June 8, 2024

The Center for Fiction

In Person at The Center for Fiction

How much time do you spend thinking about what you’re going to write, instead of writing it? What would it mean to write without thinking at all? How can you become, as Annie Dillard describes it, “transparent and hollow, a channel for the work”?

In this one-day class, we’ll experiment with auto-writing, blind contours, and different ways of writing without thinking, as we look at the effect that conscious intent has on our writing process. Together, we’ll explore new methods of observing, and how to use those methods to approach our writing with a greater emphasis on play and discovery.

In addition to the writing we’ll do together, we’ll discuss strategies for investing in and sustaining these approaches after the class is over. All genres welcome, no experience necessary.

Course Outline
  • First Period: Narrative and visual art exercises
  • Second Period: Observational writing (past, present, and future)
  • Third Period: Outsourcing your inspiration

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    Josh Krigman

    Josh Krigman

    Josh Krigman (he/him) is a writer, teacher, and facilitator in New York City. He has taught creative writing at Hunter College, the United Nations International School, 826NYC, The Writer’s Rock, and for National Geographic Expeditions. He has been awarded residencies from Vermont Studio Center, and his work has appeared in the Summerset Review, Akashic Books, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in fiction from Hunter College.

    Through Little Nights, he hosts interdisciplinary events designed to make art-making more accessible to new audiences. He is also the co-founder and New York host of Club Motte, an international storytelling series that hosts live events in New York, Oakland, and Berlin.