Friday, January 30, 2015

First semester passes in 50 shades of grey

By Ruth Feldman
Level One Student

I can hardly believe I am entering into my second semester at Studio Incamminati. First semester passed in a massive and rapid blur of information, hard work and small awarenesses, all emerging in 50 shades of grey (we don't approach color until next year). I huffed charcoal, dropped charcoal, snapped charcoal, ground it into a powder on sandpaper and under my feet. 

I don't have the words to describe the pleasure and fulfillment this process has brought into my life. But one of my favorite writers, Ann Patchett, does. Please, apply her thoughts on writing to the act of drawing:

"Art stands on the shoulders of craft, which means that to get to the art you must master the craft. If you want to write, practice writing. Practice it for hours a day, not to come up with a story you can publish, but because you long to learn how to write well, because there is something that you alone can say."

I cannot say enough good things about the quality of instruction at Studio Incammanati. So, here is another of Ann's thoughts about a favorite instructor at the beginning of her writing career. This applies to all my classes and to each of the instructors.

"Most of what I know about writing I learned from "x", and it is a testament to my great good luck (heart stopping in retrospect) that it was this classroom that I turned up in when I first started to write stories. Bad habits are easy to acquire and excruciating to break. I came to (him/her) a blank skate, drained of all the confidence I had brought with me... I knew I still wanted to be a writer, but now I wasn't even sure what that meant. I needed someone how to tell me how to go forward. The course that "x" set me on is one that has guided my career ever since."

And doesn't "Incammanati" mean moving forward? I am so grateful! 

Ruth Feldman

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