Fridays, 5/10 & 5/24, 6-8 pm
Class Cost: $40 for two sessions.
Pregister online here: https://recenroll.smgov.net/adet.sdi?activity_id=32492
(account creation required, takes up to 48 hrs to process)
Or drop-in for $40 cash at the door – call (310) 458-2239 to make sure there’s room.
What do we mean by “local”? What do we mean about “place”? After all, when compared to our relative distance from Saturn or Neptune, both the Moon and Mars could be considered local neighborhoods. This two-part workshop will look at travel writing, local color, and what it means to situate yourself in a particular culture, ecosystem, or terrain. We’ll look at how to get past stereotypes, even as we consider the traveler’s responsibility to the landscape and cultures she or he visits. In doing this we’ll also talk a bit about nature writing and how much accuracy or biological literacy one needs in order to convey a scene vividly.
A Los Angeles native, Charles Hood has been a dishwasher, a factory worker, a ski instructor, and a nature guide in Africa. He attended Glendale College, Cal State Northridge, U.C. Irvine and the University of Utah, and also did Fulbright work in New Guinea, translating tribal poetry. For birdwatching, photography, or writing research, he has been to the South Pole (on a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant), to each of the continents, and most of the way to the North Pole. His ninth book won the Hollis Summers poetry prize and will be released this spring by Ohio University Press; his eighth book, 25 Tigers, came out last month. His current projects include a survey of the Solar System titled 200 Moons, and a meditation on faith and history titled Melville in the Holy Land. Hood teaches writing, photography, and journalism at Antelope Valley College. He lives in Palmdale with a wife, a cat, a dog, two kayaks, and five mountain bikes. He just completed the 2013 Writer Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House, where he wrote short fiction inspired by the portraits of painter Don Bachardy.
In Person Advance Registration: For cash or check payments, advance registration is accepted in person at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica CA 90401 (just south of Broadway), between 8:30-5pm M-Th & every other Friday. Please remember to bring cash to cover material fees on the first day of class.
Day-of Registration: For drop-ins, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class with cash to cover both the class and material fee. It is advisable to call ahead in case a class has reached capacity.
Parking and Transport: Parking is free for 1.5 hours in Parking Structure 7 (off Broadway west of 4th) or 8 (off 2nd St. north of Colorado) adjacent to the Santa Monica Place Mall. The first 1.5 hours are free, the next hour is $1 followed by $1.50 every 30 min. thereafter to a maximum of $14. There are also meters on Ocean Avenue, $2/hr maximum 2 hours. Buses that serve 1450 Ocean include Routes 1, 7 and Rapid 7, 10. Visit bigbluebus.com for more information.
General Info: For more information about classes and registration, please contact Community Classes at (310) 458-2239, email@example.com.