Sep 4, 2012 8:04 AM by Cecilia Stevenson
Acadiana Wordlab is a new literary drafting workshop forthcoming Cité des Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. It's free and open to the public (though we ask that you donate a few bucks to the presenter), uncensored, and casually structured. It will begin on October 6th, with Jessica Bordelon of Revolution Theory as guest presenter, and will take place every Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Acadiana Wordlab has no formal "membership," but rather serves as a space where people can come together to work on their craft as often as they see fit.
Each week, a guest presenter will come to Acadiana Wordlab and present a work of art (literary or otherwise), a discussion of art, or a lecture on craft. All attendees will then write for 20 minutes or so. After writing, attendees MUST read what they've just been working on, aloud. Active participation is the only requirement.
Criticism is not a serious element of Acadiana Wordlab. Writers of all experience levels are encouraged to come, create rough drafts, and enjoy each others' words and company, without worrying about their relative knowledge of craft.
Scheduled guest presenters for 2012 include Jessica Bordelon of Revolution Theory, Kelly Clayton, Alex Johnson, Jerry McGuire of ULL, Patrice Melnick of the Festival of Words, Jonathan Penton of Unlikely Stories, Marthe Reed of ULL, and Reggie Rodrigue. Temetria Charles (née Smith), Kristina Marshall, Clare Martin and Kim Vodicka of LSU will also present in the near future.
More information on Acadiana Wordlab, including a calendar of upcoming workshops, can be found at www.AcadianaWordlab.org.