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Phenomenology of Roundness

with Noah Zanella

Genres: Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Essay

Online

Intermediate, Advanced

4 Sessions

Start Date: August 10, 2024
End Date: August 31, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $273.60
General Price: $304.00

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“My business is circumference.” -Emily Dickinson 

For writers interested in playing with new ideas, experimental writing, and conceptual approaches. 

This workshop asks the question on everybody’s mind: Why are artists so obsessed with roundness? From Vincent Van Gogh’s remark that “Life is probably round” to writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson (“The eye is the first circle”) and others, we’ll explore this fixation on circles, spheres, roundness, and centers. Along the way, we will generate work inspired by our readings and discussions in class, letting abstract concepts lead us down new avenues in our own thoughts and writing. You’ll leave with several starts to new work, and an essay or long poem. 

This class includes:  

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments. 
  • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works. 
  • Feedback from peers and instructor. 
  • 1-2 hours of writing and/or reading outside of class. 

Students say… 

“I loved Noah’s teaching style and the warm and comfortable energy that Noah and the other students brought to the space. I looked forward to this class every week! I loved the texts and writing pieces that Noah brought to the class for us to read and discuss, I was introduced to several new authors that I really like! And I enjoyed doing exercises based on these authors a lot. I also liked how Noah brought not only their background in writing, but also their background in philosophy to the class.” 

Noah Zanella

Noah Zanella

I am a nonbinary writer and musician from Chicago. I have an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. I was the recipient of the 2022 Elieen Lannan Academy of American Poets Prize. I'm trying not to miss it all.

Website: noahpzanella.wixsite.com/my-site

LinkedIn: Noah Zanella

Describe your teaching style!

My focus is always on generating work. No matter how far we get into the intellectual or the abstract, my approach is primarily concerned with the development of writing practices (what actually happens, day to day, as we show up to the page—how does the work get made?). There is also an emphasis on the training of one’s attention as being a part of the craft of writing. Henry James’s advice to writers: try to become one of those upon whom nothing is lost.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

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At this time, we offer payment plans on classes 8 sessions and up. Email education@hugohouse.org with the name of the class you’re interested in to set up a payment plan.

Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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