For the past several school years, ASFA-CW seniors have teamed up with seniors in the Dance department’s choreography class to create collaborative pieces that incorporate language and movement. In some ways, the two creative processes — dance and creative writing — couldn’t be more different. One takes place in a mostly solitary and interior way; the other occupies three-dimensional space, invariably in coordination with other artists. And yet this project never fails to expand and refine our notions of what it means to be a creative person. While our primary aim with this exercise is to foster that sort of expansion in our respective processes, it’s always a treat to see the “(semi-)finished” products the students create. This was the first year we invited all the other students in both departments to the culminating presentation, and it was a smash success — proven by the slideshow above, which commemorates the occasion. #Collaboration! #CreativeRisk!
We took a break from the regular grind of workshops this Friday to host two exceptional visiting writers: Randall Horton (right), who read from his new memoir, Hook, and Thom Gossom, Jr. (left), whose acting work you might recognize from the big and small screen and who has published two books, most recently a short story collection entitled A Slice of Life. In the Q & A after the reading, both Thom and Randall emphasized to our students how important it is for young writers to discover their own truths and to tell them with courage because, to quote Audre Lorde, “your silence will not protect you.” Both men are multi-talented natives of Birmingham (as indicated by their bios below the break), and we’re very excited to have had them visit ASFA. Thanks Randall and Thom! Continue reading