Writing and the Eye (All Levels - Weeklong AM) - Minrose Gwin
It’s through the senses, and especially through vision, that stories submerge us in the world’s mystery and beauty and terror: all that Eudora Welty called “the heart’s field.” In this workshop we’ll focus on how we and our readers encounter the world through the eye and how those encounters with what we see can reflect and refract the interior lives of our stories, those places where the physical world becomes emotionally charged. There’s no better place than Taos to stop and look around, and the first two days of the workshop we’ll spend mostly on honing our powers of observation and bringing the eye to the page. The final three days we’ll turn to your own writing projects with eyes wide open, focusing on making your readers see and infusing your stories with organic images that burn brightly in the mind’s eye long after the story is over.
This is a workshop for novelists, short story writers, and writers of personal narratives or essays who want to enrich your writing in systemic ways. You’ll want to bring a piece of your prose of about 10-15 pages to work on and to share in the workshop.
Minrose Gwin has been a writer all of her working life, starting out as a newspaper and wire service reporter and working in Mobile, Atlanta, Nashville, and Knoxville. The Queen of Palmyra, her debut novel about race and racism in the 1960s South, was selected as a finalist for the 2010 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. The Queen of Palmyra was also a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick and an IndieBound Notable book. The Women’s National Book Association selected it as a “Great Group Read” for 2010. Wishing for Snow, Minrose’s 2004 memoir about the convergence of poetry and psychosis in her mother’s life, was reissued by Harper Perennial in 2011. In her other life as a literary critic, she has written four scholarly books, including Remembering Medgar Evers, and is a coeditor of The Literature of the American South, published by W.W. Norton.
Minrose teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but migrates back to New Mexico any chance she can get. She is finishing up a new novel called I’ll Never Fly You to the Moon.