Tiny and Ordinary: Summer School Style with Kathy Curto

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Kathy Curto
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Tuesdays
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    In this class, we will mine our memories, life experiences and musings about everyday life-past, present and even future. As Bernard Cooper reminds us, "It wasn't the breadth or the depth of experience that could make the writing, but a unique take on the world that can make even ordinary things seem exceptional."  

    We will turn to "our ordinary" and craft several micro-memoirs, what writer Beth Ann Fennelly calls “the extreme abbreviation of poetry, the narrative tension of fiction, and the truth-telling of creative nonfiction.” 

    There will be opportunities for students to read excerpts from the work of others and share their own. There will also be weekly recaps (class notes and home writing prompts) emailed to students after each session to deepen and widen opportunities to learn. A good part of the time together will be spent writing from prompts designed to offer a breeze across the landscape of the heart and mind. Or a strong wind gust, we shall see.

    Who Should Take This Course?
    Students who are open to taking risks on the page, who enjoy short-form, flash nonfiction and who desire, in a 5-week course, a balance of in-class writing, sharing, listening and reading. 

    Your Instructor
    Kathy Curto teaches at The Writing Institute and Montclair State University, as well as several nonprofit organizations and community centers in the NY metropolitan area. She is the author of Not for Nothing-Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood, published by Bordighera Press. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, on NPR, in the essay collection, Listen to Your Mother:  What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in Barrelhouse, Toho Journal, The Mom Egg Review, HerStry, La Voce di New York, Drift, Talking Writing, The Inquisitive Eater, Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo and Lumina, among others. She has been the recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship and two fellowships at Montclair State University, both promoting engaged teaching and community writing projects. Kathy also serves on the faculty of the Joe Papaleo Writers’ Workshop in Cetara, Italy. Kathy and her family live in the Hudson Valley. Please visit her site: www.kathycurto.com.  

    I've taken Kathy Curto's Tiny and Ordinary class more than once because the focus is exactly what my writing practice needed. With an MA in Creative Writing and all the writing classes I've attended, I honestly have never worked with a better guide. - CM, April 2021

    Attending Kathy Curto’s Tiny & Ordinary Workshop was the highlight of my year. —JB, April 2021

    I thought Kathy Curto was a terrific teacher. She creates a caring and supportive and inspiring writing environment that helped me produce writing I could further work on. She helped all of us write from our hearts. - former student

    Kathy is so present and attentive and generous with her time. She creates a safe and warm environment for her students. A great teacher. - former student


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.