The Art of Digression with Rochelle Newman-Carrasco
Rawhide Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, Jamestown CA
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The trouble with me is that I like it when somebody digresses. It’s more interesting and all. -Holden Caufield, Catcher in the Rye
Digression, meaning “to step away,” has been described by Nietzsche as a “sign of health.” In a literary context, however, the act of stepping away from the central story is often interpreted negatively — accidental at best, indulgent at worst. While literary digression does, by definition, stray from the story at hand, it can do so in ways that add value and have purpose.
In this workshop, we will wonder, wander and weave our way into a writing practice that embraces all things non-linear and lets out your inner loopy. We’ll take a look at literary examples and delve into writing exercises that turn the phrase “but I digress” into a badge of honor.
Rochelle Newman-Carrasco earned her MFA from Antioch University, with a concentration in Creative Non-fiction and Literary Translation. Her work has been published in Nailed, Lunch Ticket’s 20th Anniversary Collection, Role Roboot, Lilith and TravelMag.com. She co-authored ZigZag, a bilingual children’s book, and her one-woman stand-up comedy show, Hip Bones and Cool Whip was positively reviewed in the LA Times and LA Weekly.