Zuihitsu: A Reading Writing Workshop


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Zuihitsu means literally following the running brush, a reference to Japanese calligraphy where spontaneity is essential for artistry and representation. We will write in English, not paint, to approximate this centuries-old quintessential Japanese “formless form,” which has been characterized as “brief essays on random topics.” Like ikebana, tanka and haiku, it cultivates irregularity and suggestion. Try your hand at composing to feel spontaneous.

Cathie Desjardins was Arlington Poet Laureate from 2017- 2019. A former faculty member at Lesley University and The Institute for Learning and Teaching at UMass/Boston, she has taught writing to all ages from kindergartners to graduate students and seniors and continues to teaches regularly at Grub Street. Her work has been published in Cognoscenti, and in many newspapers, periodicals and journals. She has written two books of poetry, With Child, and, recently, Buddha in the Garden, both from Tasora Press.

Start Date: 1/30/2023, 4 meetings
Class Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Monday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Cathie Desjardins
Status: Running/Openings