SFW Online

The Journal: A Practice in Writing and Reading

with Kate Oberdorfer Skov

April 20 – May 11, 2022

Wednesdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $495.00

Course Description

In 2013, a team of Egyptologists found a papyri journal written nearly 4,500 years ago. The journal's author was a man called Merer, and he chronicled moving limestone blocks from the bank of the Nile River to the construction site of the Great Pyramid. These papyri, along with other papyri found on the site years ago, are the oldest written documents in history. Today we call them journals.

Journal writing is an ancient practice that encompasses everything from the writer’s intimate thoughts, to daily tasks, or where our writer went at a particular time. Journals can span decades as we see with such published writers as Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, or change the course of history as did The Diary of Anne Frank. 

But why do we write journals, and how? What do we write about and are there things we do not dare write about? How do we feel in the presence of another person’s journal and what do we search and hope for if we choose to read it?

Together we explore and uncover all that journal writing affords us. This online workshop begins with a journal writing exercise. Though we will not share our entries, we do speak about the experience of writing them. We consider what it takes to begin, how it feels to move ink across the page (or listen to keys plunge the keyboard) and think about what is coming up for each of us as we engage in the writing.

Are there themes to our journal work and what role can place and time play? Prior to the workshop’s start, we study several excerpts of published journals and then discuss why and how these publications are an asset to history and literature.

Join zealous journal writer Kate Oberdorfer Skov and step into a contemporary approach to a time-honored tradition.

Additional Information

All are welcome
Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30-11:00 am (Mountain Time) on Wednesdays starting April 20 and ending May 11 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Writers Lab
Kate Oberdorfer Skov

Kate Oberdorfer Skov is a writer based out of Colorado. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School where she wrote her masters on Cuban exiles in Union City, NJ and continues to write about Cuba for the Huffington Post and Startup Cuba. She freelances for various book reviews and works on and off as the Personal Stylist for Anthropologie.

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