Collaborative Craft Writing
In this workshop, conceptual and multimedia artist Asa Ana and author and ghostwriter Kecia Bal share their co-writing and co-editing process—Collaborative Craft Writing—in the case of their short story “Sugar Maple,” to be published in the forthcoming Northern Appalachia Review. They will share their journey into the woods and their encounter with a tree who asked them for a story. They have also written poetry collectively and designed, wrote, and published a trail map for The Carriage Road Nature Trail at Johnstown Flood National Memorial. The map titled “Tale of Trees,” shares fantastical, romantic, and scientific stories paired with an original piece of cartographic artwork. Among other works, Ana created a permanent installation in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, entitled “Stanza in Blue,” which offers visitors the chance to stay inside the walls of a poem. He also organized a search for the first-ever Poet Laureate of Johnstown. Bal, an author and journalist, has worked for more than 10 years as a ghostwriter and also has co-authored a novel with best-selling thriller author James Patterson.
In addition to tactical and conceptual guidance, attendees can expect vibrant conversation, prompts, and a reminder of the euphoria that can accompany ideas that originate outside oneself.