In this class facilitated by Emma Wood, students will explore and play with the possibilities of the three genres central to creative writing: poem, memoir, and story. Using the concept of translation to guide us, we will work to “translate” experience into poetry and then “translate” the experience at the center of that poem first into a mini-memoir and then into a short story. At each stage, we will consider what the limits and potentials of each genre are: What can a poem do that a story can’t? What is memoir best at?
Class sessions will consist of a mix of discussion, interactive writing exercises, and readings and discussion of participant work.
This camp is now closed for registration. Check out our other camp offerings at this link.
Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers’ voices and stories.
Emma Wood is the editor-in-chief of Stone Soup Magazine. She is also a poet and nonfiction writer, and holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is a PhD Candidate in Literature at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she thinks critically around questions of form and genre in texts that trouble the boundary between poetry and nonfiction. She studied Russian History and Literature as an undergraduate at Harvard College; in 2018, A Failed Performance, her translations of the short plays of Daniil Kharms, a Soviet writer, was published. Emma teaches literature and creative writing at the university level and also tutors high school students.