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Knowledge Commons DC Course: Writing with Serendipity - Gaining Inspiration from Found Objects


Knowledge Commons DC connects people in and around DC to ideas, places, and each other by creating opportunities for anyone to teach and everyone to learn. This Saturday, they’re hosting a writing class at our front table: Writing with Serendipity: Gaining Inspiration from Found Objects.

In this writing workshop, you will receive three writing prompts, all of which ask you to build stories around random objects that you or the instructors have found or collected. These exercises are meant to free you from worrying about what to write and help you get ink onto the page.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your writing and reflect on the writing process with others in the group. Please bring a notebook or laptop, as well as an object or collection of objects you’ve found recently that could inspire a story. 


Sonia Booth is a museum educator. She currently works as a coordinator of programs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and before she moved to D.C. she gave tours of the Boston Massacre site in Massachusetts. As part of the Knowledge Commons DC organizing team, she helps wrangle volunteers, facilitators, and classes. Her favorite fruit is cherimoya.

Stacie Marinelli has journaled for many years using the method described by Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones. For a number of years, she participated in and led weekly free writing sessions at the Cambridge, Mass., Women’s Center. She finds this kind of writing inspirational and freeing. Goldberg’s books promote the belief that anyone can write once they abandon self-criticism. Stacie is excited to share this process with others so that she can pass on the delight she’s had using these techniques on her own and with others.

600 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

This course is FREE. Please register with KCDC.

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Later Event: February 10
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