From “Home” By Lauren Samuelson
"Outside the wind picks up and a bolt of lightning streaks across the sky. I make it back to my car as the first raindrops start to fall. They fall heavy on the front window, and a wash of tears runs down my face. I cry for Kameron. I cry because I know that I will never see him again. Never know what will happen to him. I cry because I know I won’t have the courage to go back to the crisis nursery again, because all of a sudden the world is too big and I am too small."
Inkstand is a writing workshop for people who serve (e.g., volunteers, veterans, public service professionals, etc.) and wish to reflect on their experiences through writing.
During the session, we will draft, workshop, and revise an original essay, as well as discuss published essays for the storytelling techniques. Workshops are conducted as conversations designed to help writers develop an understanding of structure, style, and revision.
At the close of the session, writers have the option of sharing their work at a reading and reception for friends, family, and interested guests.
• to draft an original piece of creative nonfiction
• to share and discuss the draft together in workshops
• to revise the draft
• to read the revision at the sessions’ close
All Sessions meet on Tuesdays from 6-8pm
- FALL: October 8-Nov 12 (registration due 9/30)
- WINTER: Feburary 4-March 11 (registration due 1/27)
- SPRING: March 25-April 29 (registration due 3/17)
Location: Danforth University Center (DUC), room 340, Washington University in St. Louis (please note you may have to pay for DUC garage parking)
Notebook & Pen/Pencil
Computer, email, and printer access
To register, send the following information to instructor Deanna Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Email Address
- Preferred Session (1st & 2nd) Fall, Winter, or Spring:
- One paragraph describing your interest in the workshop
- One paragraph describing your involvement in public service
Registrants will be notified of their placement via email. Each session is limited to six participants.
Note: Participants who miss the first meeting will forfeit their spaces to those on the waitlist. No refunds are issued for missed workshops.
Fees (per session)
Payment due at first meeting
Make checks payable to:
Washington University in St. Louis
Certificate available upon completion
(Workshop is not available for course credit)
Inkstand is a workshop created and led by Washington University lecturer Deanna Benjamin and sponsored by the Gephardt Institute.