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RCAH Center for Poetry Workshop with Susan Tekulve  (Special Events)

"Moments of Being and Non-Being: Finding Extraordinary Stories in Every Day Objects and First Homes"
In her essay, "A Sketch of the Past," memoirist and fiction writer Virginia Woolf maintains that we spend a good part of every day not living consciously. We eat, sleep, work, and most of the time these daily activities are what Woolf calls "moments of non-being." Occasionally, there are times when we are shocked out of our every-day complacency to really see the world and all it contains. Woolf calls these shocks "Moments of Being," and she contends that it is the job of a writer to identify and examine these moments, releasing whole stories that linger within these flashes of consciousness. This workshop is designed to help writers identify their own "moments of being," and to mine these experiences for material that lends itself to their most engaging narratives.

Susan Tekulve is the author of In the Garden of Stone, winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Award and a 2014 Gold IPPY Award as the best novel published in the South by an independent press. She's also published three short story collections: Savage Pilgrims, Wash Day and My Mother's War Stories. An Associate Professor of English, she teaches in the BFA and MFA in creative writing programs at Converse College.

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Location: Snyder C210H Conference Room [map]
Price: free
Sponsor: Administration
Contact: RCAH Center for Poetry
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