London, Here I Come!

Published May 24, 2011 by Aker

On July 12, I will be heading to London, England for about a month! Here is my course description:

“London Calling: A Creative Writing Seminar

What richer city landscape and culture to inspire writing than London-town.  This city where Shakespeare held court.  William Blake’s on again, off again muse.  Dicken’s social burden yet undying love.  The city to spawn Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and James Bond.  It is a city of many guises, dominant across many historical eras, but still it remains the city, the place called London.  In this writing-based, thematic course, we will immerse in the “place” of London as we walk its physical, temporal, and cultural landscape.  We’ll dive into relevant writings across genres, exploring the London locales to inspire these works or where the writer lived or was his frequent haunt.   We will also delve into some of the significant films and principle music inspired by or situated in the city of London. In the last fifty years, in fact, music more than anything has captured the sense of London in its time and place—songs from the likes of the Beatles to the Clash, the Sex Pistols and Blur.  Other writers considered in this course include: Samuel Pepys, George Orwell, Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, and Peter Ackroyd.

Ultimately, through our study, experience, and imagining, each student will write their own sense of London, its place, its mystery, its secrets, its nightmares and dreams.”

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?! For about a month, I will be having a jam-packed adventure and you can join me for the ride!

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