– from “Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch” by Henry Miller.
Friday, February 20, 2015:
|7:30 – 8:30 am||Breakfast. In the Lodge. Caffeinate and perhaps inspiration will strike swiftly!|
|8:45 – 10:45 am||Exploring the roots of storytelling. Okey reads folktales from different African cultures.Then comes the fun part: in pairs, take up the challenge of transforming the tales, altering things like sources of tension, conflicts, endings, etc!|
|11 am – 12 pm||Talk and discussion. “Deconstructing Disney” or “Who Says the Lion is King of the Jungle?” What stories in our world do we take for granted as truth without questioning?|
|1- 3:45 pm||Alone Time/Make Like a Monk. Cloister yourself and write, revisit, or edit your story.Take a walk through the redwoods. Sit by the Big Sur River (it runs through the Lodge!) pen in hand. Or return to your room, turn off the lights, and close the blinds. Whatever works.|
|3:45 – 5:30 pm||Group Feedback Time. Present your finds to the group. Ask the group — and yourself — key questions like How could the story be approached differently? What does the story truly mean? Have you missed the “real” story all along?|
|6-8 pm||Dinner again. Just like the night before, but even more fun, as you’ll now be dining with newly-certified friends. (We mentioned the open wine bar, right?)|
|8:15 – 10 pm||Field trip! Venture three miles south to the world-famous “cultural beating heart of Big Sur” (according to CNN) — the Henry Miller Memorial Library for a public reading by Okey and, if the stars align, a musical performance by Library Executive Director Magnus Toren.|
|10 pm – Lights Out||Further rumination and optional editing/writing. Reflect on the day and, if you feel so compelled, continue to work on your story before calling it a day.|
|7:30 – 8:30 am||Breakfast again. At the Lodge.|
|8:45 – 11:45 am||Story Time! Show Time! Participants complete and share the stories they have worked on!
|12:00 – 2:00 pm||Lunch and Goodbyes. Thanks for coming, stay in touch, and see you next year!
Have questions? Give the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur a call at 831-667-2574!