WRITING TO AND FROM "THE OTHER"
(Poetry, Prose, Scriptwriting)
Locked in our skin, we hold a singular view of the infinite complexity of the human experience. Age, religion, ethnicity, social class, and even geography can limit our understanding of characters. Yet, as writers, we attempt to write to *others* or from their viewpoints. We have seen some of these attempts fail, sometimes spectacularly. Creating characters whose age, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. differ from our own can be difficult and produce fear in writers.
This reading/workshop will explore tools that help writers produce realistic, intricate characters that do not rely on stereotypes. The object of this workshop is to instill the participants with the necessary tools to connect with people (and objects) they do not now—to find the elements that make them real.
Poet Laureate Emeritus of Sacramento, Indigo Moor’s fourth book of poetry Everybody’s Jonesin’ for Something, took second place in the University of Nebraska Press’ Backwater Prize and will be published spring 2021. His second book, Through the Stonecutter’s Window, won Northwestern University Press’s Cave Canem prize. His first and third books, Tap-Root and In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, were both part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series.
In addition to poetry, Indigo has produced award-winning plays, short fiction, and essays. His stage-turned-screenplay Live! at the Excelsior was optioned as a full-length film. He is an established presenter and instructor at Gold Rush Writers Conference, a former teacher at the Stonecoast MFA Program, and a Cave Canem fellow. Indigo sits on the advisory board for both the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center and the Sacramento Poetry Center. A 10-year veteran of the US Navy and a twice-decorated Gulf War Veteran, Indigo divides his time between writing, teaching, and Integrated Circuit Layout Engineering for computer companies. Visit www.indigomoor.org.