Sometimes, a guided observation of the world around us can spark new ideas. In this outdoor generative writing session, we'll walk Bicentennial Mall, the base of the state capitol building, and the Farmer's Market. We'll make stops along the way to complete short writing prompts that build off of one another and are inspired by the city we live in, its people, and its history. The prompts will give you a chance to work on separate craft elements such as point of view, description, and dialogue. An optional final stop at the Farmer's Market will include a late lunch social hour with icebreakers, so you can get to know some of your fellow writers.
Note: This session is designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants, with no hills and with paved options along all grassy areas. Please prepare for the possibility of heat, with hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water.
Eliana Ramage is a Cherokee Nation citizen born and raised in Nashville, where she works with youth in college access at a non-profit. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2018, and holds an MA in creative writing from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in English literature from Dartmouth College. Her stories and essays have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, and the anthologies All the Women in My Family Sing and Re(Sisters). She is at work on her first novel.
"Eliana is so positive and encouraging, and I found myself reenergized in my writing practice outside of class. She's extremely knowledgeable of the craft and I appreciated all of her insights."