Whether you write in the privacy of your bedroom or in a coffee shop surrounded by the hustle and bustle of caffeinated humanity, the task itself requires a drawing in, an exclusion of the world around you. So when you aren't putting fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, it's good to get out of that solitary space and seek out others who've shared the experience and the inspiration of the world around you.
Jan Becker, the current writer in residence for Girls’ Club Collection. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Girls' Club is a private museum and exhibition space that sponsors educational and outreach programming in the arts. That includes writing and each year they host a writer in residence.
Proxy Selves describes itself as "a poetry/creative nonfiction workshop that will explore and give voice to the multitudes of self-contained within each writer." This theme hit home with Becker, who is a current MFA candidate at Florida International University.
"Through workshops at FIU, I became really aware of how different we can be at different stages of our lives and how we create different selves in writing," she says.
Although targeting poetry and creative nonfiction, she stresses that this workshop will create helpful tools for writers of any genre.
"I want people to disable the nagging voice that we sometimes get as writers that
Proxy Selves is based on Girls' Club's current exhibition, "Self Proliferation," curated by Micaela Giovannotti. "It explores not only printmaking as a medium but also the way the collection artists proliferate themselves, their minds, their bodies, and the archetypical female characters," says gallery director Sarah Michelle Rupert. Becker's workshop specifically relates to this and the different iterations artists have as they take on different roles through different pieces of their personality.
Girls’ Club is all about helping artists explore ways of self-expression. They know that artists are not contained within one discipline, either. Much like onions and ogres, artists have layers. Rupert says it best: "One thing we [Girls’ Club] enjoy is cross-disciplinary programs where we get to unite the different creatives within our community whether they lean more toward the literary world, visual arts world, poetry, or dance choreography.”
The “Self Proliferation” exhibit is currently on display at Girls’ Club, located at 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale, until June 25. Proxy Selves workshop will be held at Girls’ Club on Saturday, May 28, and has a $20 registration fee. More information can be found at girlsclubcollection.org.