Tools for a Life in Art

  • Saturday, June 02, 2018
  • Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • 3 sessions
  • Saturday, June 02, 2018, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, June 09, 2018, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, June 16, 2018, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code-WR0618PL
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It is remarkable how certain habits of life and work are common to world-class creators of the past and present—from painter to writer to composer  to photographer. Priscilla Long, poet, master teacher, and  author of the book Minding the Muse will lead this three- Saturday class in which we review these habits and  strategies and do writing exercises and a few assignments  to explore ways of bringing more of them into our own  creative process, whether we are just starting out or an  experienced artist or writer.     

Rollo May said, "What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?" This three-Saturday course intends to nurture that fountainhead of human experience and to provide tools to help anyone's creativity flourish. Bring a notebook to write in and the required text: Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators. Find a copy at

Instructor: Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, fiction, and history, and is a long-time independent teacher of writing. Her work appears widely and her five books are: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press), Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press), and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). Her how-to-write guide is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life . She is also author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry. Her awards include a National Magazine Award. Her science column, Science Frictions, ran for 92 weeks in The American Scholar. She earned an MFA from the University of Washington and serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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