July 2021: Geography and Ecology: Writing the Landscape w/ Travis Klempan
We inhabit a world at once hostile to and necessary for our survival. This has been true for generations, but ours is a time of acceleration and disintegration. Where do we find the oases on our journey? What lives in the caves and oceans and forests around us? What do we do when the compasses and maps were inherited are no longer useful?
In this workshop we'll examine where and how we occupy space; where we belong and don't belong, and if one can become the other; what do we build and what do we take away (exploring the idea of "hasty architecture" and learning from beavers); and ask "What is the opposite of a map?"
Materials: Paper, pen, and any art materials you'd like to work with.
Travis Klempan is a Navy veteran and fiction writer living in Colorado. His novel Have Snakes, Need Birds (from Koehler Press) explores war, magic, and love through the eyes of the land and its storytellers.
- This workshop runs from July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021.
- Workshops consist of one video per week for each week in the month. Videos are 45-60 minutes long, and are shared on a private YouTube account.
- Class discussions are held via Slack.
- All readings, creative prompts, and shared artwork will be exchanged via a private Google Drive folder.
- All workshops are designed for you. Dedicate as much or as little time to the workshop per week as you'd like.
- This workshop is taught in English, but collective.aporia offers subtitles for the workshop videos in over 60 languages. If you have questions about language accommodations, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collective.aporia believes in paying working artists fairly for their time and work. As a diverse international collective, we also believe strongly in valuing fair exchange—whether that be monetary, energetic, or otherwise.
Because of these beliefs, our workshop donations all begin at a $40 base rate with the option to give additional donation amounts, if you’re able. Seventy percent of the donations go to facilitator, and the remainder goes back into collective.aporia for operational expenses.
Participants also have the option to donate money towards the community scholarship, which provides opportunities to folks from these communities to attend workshops at no cost.
Please check out this page to learn more and/or apply for the scholarship.
We understand that not everyone has the financial means to donate $40. In the spirit of collaboration and exchange, we have developed a work exchange initiative that allows folks to choose what kind of work they would like to trade for free entry into the workshop. Examples of this work include writing blog posts, creating and sharing social media content, editing video subtitles, etc.
Thank you for your generosity!
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