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Writing Workshop with Anne Germanacos

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)
Free workshop at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

Order from Chaos, Chaos out of Order. A writing workshop with Anne Germanacos

Any artist uses form to order chaos. Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table uses just that—the Periodic Table of the Elements—to create a personal memoir that makes some of the least imaginable aspects of his life real to his readers. If you were to use an existing principle to order the contents of your life, or your mind, what would it be? A calendar orders the days. Color can signify mood. Maps can be used as a metaphor for movement. Other examples: Painting styles. Musical notation. Modes of transportation.

After a brief discussion of the way content and form are combined in The Periodic Table, participants will engage in a variety of artistic exercises to create a sense of curiosity toward the relationship between form, content and meaning, aiming for a wide sense of possibility. No previous experience is necessary, and all are welcome! The group will meet again three weeks later to share results. First session is on Sunday, April 10 from 1 - 3 pm with the follow up session on Sunday, May 1 from 1 - 3 pm. 

Anne Germanacos taught creative writing and literature on the Greek islands of Kalymnos and Crete for thirty years to American high school and college students. She has led experimental writing workshops on the Island of Cyprus, and at the Whitman Institute Retreat, and at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Registration is required, as space is limited. Please contact Andy Muchin at, or 415.567.3327 x 703 by April 1 to reserve your place.