What’s it like to attend a writing workshop at Kerouac House?

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© Thomas Thorspecken, Analog Artist Digital World. Used with permission. “Non-Realistic Writing” Workshop with Alicia Shandra Holmes at Kerouac House

The Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to meet and write with the writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.

Jack Kerouac lived in this house at the time On the Road made him a national sensation. And it was in this home that Kerouac wrote his follow-up, The Dharma Bums. The Kerouac House is now a living, literary tribute to one of the great American writers of the twentieth century. Like all the other places in Kerouac’s nomadic journey, he didn’t live here long. But the home represents a critical juncture in Kerouac’s life when he made the transition from a 35-year-old nobody writer to the bard of the Beat Generation.

Nancy Pate wrote about her experience at the workshop on her wonderful book blog, and here’s what some of the other participants had to say:

I had a great time at the workshop on Saturday—lots of great ideas and great writing!” —Rebecca Vadnie

What I liked most about the workshop was the intimate atmosphere. It reminded me of a workshop I did at Amherst a few years ago…except I didn’t have to fly out and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to attend! I think sometimes we writers just need to feel free to toss out ideas and not feel judged or silly for trying something new. You provided us with that venue and I am truly grateful. —J.G.

I had a great time and left feeling empowered. Thanks to everyone, especially Alicia, for making the day so rewarding. —Chris Coward

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