Five Days, Ten Thousand Words with Steve Lewis

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 09:30 AM until Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM


Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Steve Lewis
Length: 1 week, $880
Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Class is limited to 8 participants.

Based in part on the weeklong retreats Steve facilitates on Hatteras Island, NC, the intention behind this intensive is to gather serious writers already at work on—or about to launch—fiction or nonfiction projects of their own choosing; and to give them the space, time, encouragement, community, and kick-in-the-pants to write a minimum of 2,000 unedited words a day. The group will meet each morning, Monday through Friday, to share and discuss the previous afternoon/evening’s output; then everyone will return home or to their own creative spaces and proceed to produce another 2,000+/- words for the next day’s session. The overriding challenge of this workshop will be to trust the intuitive voice and resist the urge to edit oneself … at least until the draft is done. At the end of the week, every writer should have at least 10,000 good words on paper—and be profoundly tired and inspired.

Steve Lewis is a former Mentor at SUNY-Empire State College, current member of the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute faculty, and longtime freelancer. His work has been published widely, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, Ploughshares, Narratively, Spirituality & Health and a biblically long list of parenting publications (7 kids, 16 grandkids). He is a Contributing Writer at Talking Writing and Literary Ombudsman for 650: Where Writers Read. His books include Zen and the Art of Fatherhood, Fear and Loathing of Boca Raton, a novel, Take This, a new chapbook of poems, If I Die Before You Wake (Finishing Line Press, March 2017), and a generational sequel to Take This, tiled Loving Violet, published by Codhill Press in 2017.


Writing Institute Registration Process:

Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

Step 2 - Payment: Once you click submit on this form, a new page will appear in your browser with a payment link. Click on the payment link, complete the required information, and submit your payment. 

Payment is required for your registration to be confirmed. If we don’t receive your payment within 48 hours of submission of this form, your registration will automatically be cancelled. You will have to complete the form again if you wish to register for the class.

Step 3 - Confirmation: Once we receive your payment, your registration will be finalized and confirmed with an email. Please keep this email for your records.  Details about room assignment, parking, and any other information relevant to the course will be emailed to registered students the week before classes begin.

If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

The registration capacity has been exceeded, but waitlist registration remains available.

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