Write Here, Write Now | Ashley Neftule: "Chance Operations: Randomness as a Creative Practice"
6:30-8PM (8:30-10 ET) MONDAY, JANUARY 24

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

This month instructor Ashley Neftule discusses "Chance Operations: Randomness as a Creative Practice."

From the instructor: "A great way to breakthrough writer's block and to encourage the generation of fresh, unexpected ideas is to use what John Cage called 'chance operations' - games and divination tools like Tarot cards, the I Ching, Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies cards, randomly selecting photographs from artbooks, music playlist shuffling, etc. Most of the class will be devoted to writing exercises that each use a different randomness technique to encourage the creation of new material. We’ll spend a little time on the theory of aleatoric writing (work in which elements in the composition are left to chance) by examining different artists who've made chance a key part of their creative practice (like the aforementioned Cage and Eno, as well as sci-fiauthor Philip K. Dick and indie RPG designer Avery Alder). These chance operation techniques can easily be applied to poetry, creative non-fiction work, and more."

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  • Cost: $5.
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Ashley Naftule is a writer & performer from Phoenix, AZ. A resident playwright and Associate Artistic Director at Space55 theatre, they've written and produced five full-length plays: "Ear," "The First Annual Bookburners Convention," "The Canterbury Tarot,""Radio Free Europa," and "The Hidden Sea." They've written for The AV Club, Pitchfork, Phoenix New Times, BrightWall/Dark Room, Longreads, Cleveland Review of Books, The Outline, The Hard Times, Daily Bandcamp, Planet Scumm, Rinky Dink Press, TheFortean Times, Riddled With Arrows, The Molotov Cocktail, EchoMagazine, Ghost City Press, Vinyl Me Please, March Vladness, Ellipsis, Spiral Nature, Grasslimb, and Popula. They bear an uncanny resemblance to country singer Vince Gill.