Grackle artwork by artist Luis Roca
“There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of imagination.”
— Anais Nin
““Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
— William Wordsworth.”
It’s that time of year again so we’re going to write about love. Love from the top and the bottom and from the inside out: all its nooks and crannies, romantic and familiar, explosive and discreet. We’ll write about the glory of love and its torment, and argue about about whether or not they’re the same.
This is a two-week workshop in which all of your journaling impulses are welcome. We will create journals of lists and drawings, ideas and questions, quotations and poems. You might fill your pages with words you’ll never utter aloud, but can’t move on without expressing. You might try to make yourself laugh.
I’ll bring in a few very short in-class prompts each week. We’ll create and we’ll share (if you choose), think and respond. We will also make some Valentines and a sweet little book.
Bring: a journal, any favorite pens, scissors, and a treat you’d like to share with others.
Miah Arnold, PhD, is the director of Grackle and Grackle. She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years through Houston non-profits including Inprint, Writers in the Schools, and Aurora Picture Show as well as University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, and Georgia College. Her essay “You Owe Me” about working for M.D. Anderson via Writers in the Schools was selected by Best American Essays in 2012. Her first novel, Sweet Land of Bigamy, was published in 2012.