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Lynda Barry will lead a two-day writing seminar in January. Tickets were available via eBay, but it looks like they are sold out. Barry is the author of the graphic novel ONE HUNDRED DEMONS and novel THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME, and of course ERNIE POOK’S COMEEK. For those of us who won’t be able to go, here’s the class description:

OK! HEY! WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE! DO YOU WANT TO WRITE? DO YOU WANT A SEAT IN THE TWO-DAY WRITING CLASS TAUGHT BY LYNDA BARRY ON JANUARY 6TH AND 7TH 2007 — A SATURDAY! A SUNDAY! IN CHICAGO!!! DANG! Do you know this is a two day class designed especially by our official class monitor, Kelly Hogan, for night owls and sleepy heads? Check out the late-start hours! Saturday & Sunday 11:00-7:00pm OK! We know about the hours, but what about the class?? THIS IS AN INTENSIVE WRITING CLASS! It’s not a social situation at all! Actually, you can be completely anonomous in this class! You don’t even have to make eye contact! And you don’t have to be a writer to be part of it! In fact, this is a class that works especially well for ‘non-writers’ like bartenders and janitors and anyone who has given up on ‘being a writer’ but still wonders what it might be like to write. Lynda teaches a specific way of working she learned from her teacher, Marilyn Frasca, in the late 1970’s and has used ever since. She says it will work for anyone who has any kind of curiosity about writing or remembering, especially people who have always wanted to write but were too confused about how to even start. BE ADVISED! IT’S GOING TO BE TWO DAYS OF INTENSE CONCENTRATION AND HARD WORK! It is not jive! It is for real! (It is also, actually, pretty fun too, but not in a social way!) Can you dig that? If so, we can dig YOU! All students must figure out their own transportation and lodging. We’ll tell you where the classroom is and other details when we confirm your reservation! Come to CHICAGO IN THE DEAD OF WINTER FOR LIVE ACTION!!! Come to Lynda’s writing class! Kelly Hogan describes the class this way: “Blow your mind with….. your own mind!” GOOD! GOOD! GOOD! What a beautiful gift idea!


  1. Please! Please! Tell me when she will teach within a day’s drive of Los Angeles!!

    I last saw her speak as a keynote presenter at the Yuma Symposium in 2004… I would love to take a writing class with her — I promise NOT to socialize!!

    I don’t even care how she spells anonymous — heck, Fitzgerald couldn’t spell for beans!

    Just sayin’…