Below is the information for a writing workshop based on Sometimes a Great Notion I am teaching in Astoria on Saturday, October 8. Let me know if you want to attend. I’m very excited to teach this class and engage with the novel
The Stamper Family. The Stamper House. Forests. Gyppo loggers. The Snag Saloon. Rain. Never give a inch. More rain.
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey rates as perhaps the greatest novel set in the Pacific Northwest. Since its publication in 1964, it has achieved classic and cult status.
On Saturday October 8 in Astoria, the League of Intertidal Writers will host a writing workshop, “The Inspiration of Sometimes a Great Notion,” based on the novel. (It’s unnecessary to have read the book to attend but participants might consider doing so before the class.)
Author, instructor and amateur Ken Kesey scholar Matt Love will teach the workshop and run participants through an innovative series of writing and discussion prompts related to the characters, landscapes, soundscapes and themes of the novel.
“Sometimes a Great Notion is a sprawling, wild, complex and gritty novel,” said Love. “Engaging with it in a workshop setting is sure to inspire beginning or advanced writers and energize any current or future project.”
The workshop will run from 1-3:30 pm and cost $50. It will be held in a private home. Weather permitting, the workshop will be held outdoors on a lawn of a private residence. In the case of inclement weather, the class will be moved indoors and participants must be fully vaccinated on their word of honor to attend. The class is limited to 12 participants. To register, send Love an email.