CWI Interview: Sarah Ahmad
By Sarah Ahmad | Wednesday, October 5, 2022
By Sarah Ahmad
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Q: What are your personal writing goals at the moment?
Sarah: As fall eases in, my writing goals are to commit to writing every day. This has always been something I've struggled with and I've been feeling like many thoughts/feelings/ideas are afoot but scuttle away from me. I'm hoping setting aside some time everyday to sieve off what's on the surface of my mind helps me return to these ideas with more intention.
Q: What can your potential students expect to gain from your writing lab if they enroll this winter?
Sarah: In our week together in "A Foreign Anguish", you can expect to be writing a lot - across genre, in response to different writing styles - as we think about the voice of a writer as a weirdly, magically amorphous cumulation of different choices we make on the page. You'll learn how to be a keen reader of your own work, to recognize how words on the page move between the page and the mind, and to identify what you want to do with your words and how to maneuver your writing towards it.
Q: What’s Inspiring you right now?
Sarah: This is silly but I'm always inspired by observing my cat - and I recently got a kitten - so watching their dynamics, silly aggressions, and growing relationship helps feed my brain - and is very amusing! Reading always inspires me, and I (co-incidentally) read a lot of witchy books these last few weeks (Drive the Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen, reread Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner), and I love the mish-mash of enchantment and fierce loneliness in all of these books.