INSPIRED BY GERTRUDE STEIN: A WORKSHOP
Created & led by: Karren LaLonde Alenier
Purpose of This Workshop: Learn about Gertrude Stein and her work to inspire your personal creativity.
—Explore the characteristics of Stein’s writing style through short excerpts from her most mentioned works.
—Discover what made Stein known more as an icon of the American literary scene versus a Modernist writer through a selection of photographic and artistic images.
—Connect with classmates and find inspiration to fuel your writing by collaboratively discussing selected quotations from Stein’s work.
Open to participants of all levels, writing in any genre (e.g. poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, dramatic forms, etc.)
Workshop Leader’s Credentials:
Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of six collections of poetry, including Looking for Divine Transportation, winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature and her latest collection, On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane & Paul Bowles. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, her jazz opera with composer William Banfield premiered in New York City in 2005. In February 2012, she led The Word Works Master Class workshop Inspired by Gertrude Stein at the Stanford in Washington Art Gallery.
Comments from Past Students:
“Very, very knowledgeable speaker, passionate about Stein. Well organized, time used wisely. I learned so much.” Lisa Frederick
“…informative and fun—A good combination of art, literature and history…” Laura Shovan
“I liked the informal but very informative style of the workshop leader.” Donna Denizé
“The informal approach defused self-critical anxiety and let me relax about “not getting” Stein and thereby gave me creative possibilities I had not expected.” Perry Epes
On Gertrude Stein: http://alenier.tripod.com/stein_links.htm
On the Workshop Leader: http://alenier.blogspot.com/