Writing is a physical activity. Being in your body and moving around then stopping to write is like collecting clues for an unknown treasure. Treasure Hunt Writing takes the process of putting words on paper and moves it out into nature, into the imagination, into the body. Participants will spend some time outside (even in the cold!) collecting ideas and fragments of writing, and following a kind of treasure map to something they could never have generated sitting at a table. The treasure is a piece of writing that comes from a different place in their imagination, a place accessible through the 5 senses. Then the collected fragments are taken inside and gleaned for meaning, for insightful sparky juxtapositions, and for surprises. Treasure Hunt Writing is a fun writing workshop, where being playful and running around outside can bring the imagination to deep places, opening up exciting connections.
Jenny Magnus is a writer, performer, composer, musician, director, and teacher who is a founding co-Artistic Director of the Curious Theater Branch, an all-original theater company, now entering its’ 30th year. She is the author/creator of plays that have been produced at Steppenwolf Theater, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Aetheneum Theater, Prop Thtr, and on tour throughout America and Europe. In 2011, Magnus and her company finished a year-long developmental residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, culminating in a commissioned performance work called Still In Play: A Performance of Getting Ready. She has written and performed in many solo performances as well. She was a long-time member of the band Maestro Subgum and the Whole and made multiple records with them, as well as three solo recorded CDs, has a current band called The Crooked Mouth, and is represented and distributed by UvuLittle Recordings. In addition to running the Curious Theater Branch and making her own work, Jenny Magnus was a long-time Adjunct Faculty member with Columbia College Chicago, in the Art & Art History department, and is currently teaching in the School of the Art Institute Writing Program. She has taught performance and writing at The University of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, the Metropolitan Correctional Center of Chicago, The University of Illinois, and others. In 1998, Jenny Magnus was named among the Artists of the Year by the Chicago Tribune.