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Inaugural WordLab Meetup

This Month's Theme: Fact vs. Perception - What's the difference between what we see and how we see it?

(Kind of) Required Reading: To really begin understanding this month's experiment, check out Joan Didion's short essay, On Keeping A Notebook (available here:, in which she explores the importance not of events as they actually occurred, but as she experienced them.

Suggested Reading: For some inspiration, read works from the following authors: Prose - Annie Proulx, Richard Hugo, Alice Monroe, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Poetry - Maurice Manning, Tyehimba Jess, Kevin Young, Davis McCombs, Paula Bohince, Curtis Crisler

General Info: For our first Meetup, we'll be getting to know each other through writing. Don't bring your own work from home, just bring a pen, some paper, and an open mind. The WordLab is all about experimenting and practicing new things with our writing, so expect to come and, well, write! There will be time for conversation, writing, workshopping, and even a little bit of reading. 

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  • Ryan B.

    Everybody, I just posted our prompt from the first meeting as a file in the Meetup group. It's also available for you to share with friends at - Thanks!

    April 12, 2012

  • Dee

    Great turnout and great intro and speakers. I wasn't expecting an I U professor. That was icing on the cake! Thanks for being so thoughtful, organized and delivering a great first!

    April 11, 2012

  • Claire

    Easy-going, plenty of time to write, and everyone there seemed friendly... my small group was insightful about what I wrote and was willing to share!

    April 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed it, I liked the exercises we were given (fact vs perception, and finding new/unique words) and listening to the writings and suggestions of peers in my group really helped me to find a more specific 'path' for a family history I want to write about... Look forward to more labs!

    April 10, 2012

  • Don S.

    Overall, it was an excellent time. I really enjoyed the experiment and think that as time goes on this group will grow, if not in size, definitely in strength. Kevin's readings were evocative and provoking, if not hard to hear at first, but that's the art of words. We may not always want to hear them, but they demand to be heard. I really enjoyed the group of people I sat with and will definitely return in the months to come. Please continue this!

    April 10, 2012

  • Ryan B.

    Hello, new Word Scientists! I was so surprised to see new members joining so soon; most of the organizers haven't even signed up yet! I'm really excited to meet you all and try out some cool stuff with our writing. Be sure to tell your friends!

    March 19, 2012

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