The Writers


Therese FitzMaurice

Therese FitzMaurice


Course Description: Bestowal of the Gift ~ What happens to words after they have been crafted onto a page? Some rare and lucky gems become immediate best sellers and household names. But what about those words that occupy unseen or undervalued stations on the spectrum of creation? What value do they hold alone in a journal or published on a rarely visited blog? Lewis Hyde in his seminal work the Gift articulates the difficult challenge of being an artist in a culture that has commodified every aspect of life. He argues that one must bestow her creative “gifts” regardless of the market response. We will explore how historic and contemporary writers have navigated these turbulent waters and then contemplate how we each can remain true to our creative process and sustain ourselves financially and spiritually in our current life circumstances.

Therese FitzMaurice began listening to the river and falling leaves at a young age. She celebrates the arrival of each poem and loves the way words string together on the page or the tip of her tongue. In addition to publishing two chap books, Triangle Blueprints and The Signature of Time, she has co-published and performed two full-length choreo-poems, Excavating the History of Love and Resuscitating the Sequence of Sacrifice with Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak. She is currently completing the manuscript of her third poetry collection, How to Love this Woman.

Find more of her work and wonderful community and artistic offerings @ http://www.areasontolisten.com/

Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson


Course Description: Writing from Images Through a series of prompts and timed writings, we will explore the generative power of images as a basis for writing in any genre. Working both from observation of the physical, sensory world and from memory as sources of inspiration, this workshop draws upon the well of both conscious and subconscious images which the act of writing brings to the surface, opening the way to metaphor and the resonant evocation of human meaning.

Lauren Wilson is a playwright, actor, director and teacher. Her physical theater training began at the Circus School of Brussels in 1991. A graduate of Reed College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, she began writing and performing with the Dell’Arte Company in 1995.

Past productions of her plays include “Chemical Imbalance” (Bloomsburg Ensemble and Precarious Theatre); “The Rag and Bone Shop”, “In the Land of the Grasshopper Song”, “The Golden State” and “Blue Lake: The Opera” (Dell’Arte Company); and “Wedding Duet” (Samuel French Festival).
Recent projects include “Three Trees”, a clown play created and performed with ensemble partners Joe Krienke and Stephanie Thompson; “Punctual Folly”, a film for three clowns; and “Korbel”, a comedy which premiered at Dell’Arte in the summer of 2014.

Lauren received an M.F.A. in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007, and a 2008 Dramatists Guild Fellowship in playwriting. Currently a faculty member at Dell’Arte, she has also taught at the State University of New York, Humboldt State University, and American Conservatory Theater. Her plays are available through Dramatists Play Service, and in the Vintage anthology Laugh Lines.

Dave Holper

Dave Holper


Course Description: Receiving the Gift: After you have received the gift of inspiration, then what? How do you move beyond a first draft and hone the gift in preparation for sending it on, for multiplying it? Lewis Hyde in his amazing book The Gift provides some insights into ways in which an artist can shape his or her work. Using Hyde’s model, we’ll look at a number of ways to stand back from a draft, look at it more objectively, and practice several strategies for honing the gift, so it is ready for placing into someone else’s hands.

David Holper has done a little bit of everything: taxi driver, fisherman, dishwasher, bus driver, soldier, house painter, bike mechanic, bike courier, and teacher. In spite of all that useful experience on his resume and a couple of degrees in English to boot, he has managed to publish a number of stories and poems, including two collections of poetry: 64 Questions and Ghosts of Silence. He teaches English at College of the Redwoods and lives in Eureka, California, which is far enough from the madness of civilization that he can get some writing done. Another thing that helps in this process is that his three children continually ask him to tell them stories, and he is learning the art of doing that well for them.