Forest Judaism: A Creative Writing Course
What does nature have to do with Judaism, and what does any of this have to do with creative writing? Become an explorer of nature, of creation stories, and of your own perfect world – right from your home computer!
What does nature have to do with Judaism, and what does any of this have to do with creative writing? Become an explorer of nature, of creation stories, and of your own perfect world – right from your home computer! Whether you are into sci-fi, poetry, or realistic story telling, this course gives you and your pen/keyboard room to roam through forests, deserts, oceans, and Torah, and empowers you to grow-your-own-world. We will read several creation stories and myths, read nature-based writing from different cultures, and look for nature in our home or out our window/door to inspire our creative juices. In the end, we will write our stories and Create our worlds.
Class 1: Reading Jewish Perspectives on nature. Reading Sources. First writing practice/creation/assignment
Class 2: Sharing of writing assignment. Work on honing in on what you love about nature and what you want to share. Assignment
Class 3: Sharing of writing. Nature Poems, haikus and shorts
Students will need a notebook, pencils/pens. Please bring in pictures of yourself in nature for session 1.
In this class we will be writing. Make sure you have a desk/table to write and/or a computer or tablet you can type on. Preferably students will also be near a window that looks out onto nature. But if you only have a picture of a natural area, that will suffice too!