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Cooper Street Workshop: Using Typewriters to Bust Through Writers Block

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Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden

305 Cooper Street

Camden, NJ 08102

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Instructor: Shanyn Fiske

This workshop will use typewriters to 1) introduce participants to the “slow writing” movement; 2) explore how typewriters can enhance the creative process; and 3) offer unique strategies for overcoming writer’s block. Typewriters are gaining popularity with writers throughout the US and Europe. Writers have said that these once-obsolete machines help to release the flow of inspiration that is often stymied by modern technology. This workshop will introduce writers to a variety of manual typewriters, teach writers a bit about the mechanics and history of these machines, and then engage participants in a number of writing / typing exercises aimed at using slow writing and group stories to prime the creative pump. Intended for: high school students and older.

Shanyn Fiske is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers-Camden. Her areas of expertise include Victorian Literature and Classical Reception Studies. She directed the Writing Program at Rutgers for seven years and is currently involved in a number of community literacy initiatives within and beyond Rutgers. Typewriters play an essential role in her academic and creative writing, and she is in training to become a certified typewriter technician.



Cooper Street is for everyone, whether you're just beginning to explore a genre or have been writing for years. Our workshops are taught by published and award-winning authors, seasoned teachers, and professional editors. Our instructors strive to create a comfortable, encouraging, and supportive classroom environment where writers of all backgrounds and skill-levels can improve their craft and share their work with others.

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