Examined Life Pre-Conference Workshop: The Telling Itself: Managing the Narrative Structures of Illness (Iowa City, IA)
Oct
11
9:00am 9:00am

Examined Life Pre-Conference Workshop: The Telling Itself: Managing the Narrative Structures of Illness (Iowa City, IA)

In this Examined Life Conference one-day workshop at the Carver College of Medicine, we’ll use published illness writing as our launching pad for exploring how to successfully manage the chronology and scope of modern illness experiences on the page. 

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Conference Presentation: The Other Side of Fire: Toward An Embodied Pedagogy for Trauma Writing (Iowa City, IA)
Oct
12
10:30am10:30am

Conference Presentation: The Other Side of Fire: Toward An Embodied Pedagogy for Trauma Writing (Iowa City, IA)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that make us who we are. In this workshop at The Examined Life Conference in Iowa City, IA, participants will explore how what an embodied, trauma-sensitive pedagogy has to offer the creative writing workshop.

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PORN: A Weekend Writing Intensive
Sep
8
to Sep 10

PORN: A Weekend Writing Intensive

Whether you think it contributes to the breakdown of sexual morals or is just a tool for sexual release, everyone seems to have an opinion about pornography. But rarely do we see nonfiction writers engaging the subject through rich memoir or thoughtful essaying. In this weekend intensive, we’ll read some of the rare literary works on the subject, identifying the craft challenges and social barriers to writing about porn well, and generating lots of our own material.

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The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft
Mar
22
to Apr 26

The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft

  • Southern Arizona Work Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT. “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick,” writes Susan Sontag. In this six-week class, writers will craft personal nonfiction narratives that explore the experience of illness or injury. 

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I Sing The Body Electric: A Literary Bacchanal
Feb
26
12:00pm12:00pm

I Sing The Body Electric: A Literary Bacchanal

"If you can't talk about something, you can't think about something," writer Eula Biss told Krista Tippett. Join me in late February, as alumni of my classes-- writers of sex, illness, and trauma-- read together for the first time on the patio at Tucson Hop Shop.

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Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay
Jan
31
to Apr 4

Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay

How do we make meaning from our sexual experiences? What do our personal stories have to offer the world, and what is the best way to share them? In this bawdy, smart, & introspective seven-week class, participants will craft a personal essay about an aspect of their sexual experience. Beyond simply telling the narrative of what happened, we will work to build strong connective tissue between individual sexual stories and the larger questions about sex with which our culture is grappling.

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Disorienting the Essay: Finding Form in Personal Nonfiction
Jan
23
to Mar 20

Disorienting the Essay: Finding Form in Personal Nonfiction

  • University of Arizona Poetry Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What is the best way to tell a given story? How can we press form to enlarge, deepen or propel the stories we tell?  In this introductory prose course, we’ll read across the creative nonfiction spectrum, exploring how the same story might be told in different ways. Through in-class writing, lively conversation, and independent revision, participants in this class will excavate, chisel, and transform their own stories, dynamically seeking the form their personal narratives want to take. THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. Join the waitlist through the University of Arizona Poetry Center. 

 

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SlutWalk: SpeakOut Keynote Speaker
Nov
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

SlutWalk: SpeakOut Keynote Speaker

Join me on Saturday, November 19 for the University of Arizona's FORCE SlutWalk march! I will be delivering the keynote at Cafe Passe at the end of the march, helping to open the SpeakOut portion of the evening. 

SlutWalk is a fight against the prevalent victim-blaming, rape-culture, and street harassment that targets all kinds of people, especially people of color, queer communities, and sex workers. In using the word slut, we are not dehumanizing ourselves, but rather humanizing a label, showing the wide variety people slut pertains to, whether embraced or prescribed to by the outside world.

 

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UnSilencing the Sexual Body: A Reading & Interactive Conversation
Nov
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

UnSilencing the Sexual Body: A Reading & Interactive Conversation

  • Southern Arizona Work Space at Exo Roast Co. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How have our bodies been silenced--in medical offices, in our private lives, and on the page? And what might it look like to embrace our sexualities wholeheartedly? Join writer, sexologist, and Narrative Medicine professor Kati Standefer for a short reading and interactive conversation about sex positivity and negativity, how she teaches sex writing, and her work training medical students to respond to the stories patients tell about their bodies.

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The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Personal Trauma Essay
Oct
19
to Dec 7

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Personal Trauma Essay

  • Creative Tribe Workshop [at: Kore Press] (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize a person, making it difficult to tell the stories that so often make us who we are.  In this seven-week class, writers will gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, and consider how writers handle craft challenges like the fragmentation of memory, engaging dramatic material without melodrama, elevating a deeply personal story into a universal inquiry, and owning on the page our complicated, contradictory selves.

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Reading: Best American Essays 2016 at Iowa City Festival of the Book
Oct
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Reading: Best American Essays 2016 at Iowa City Festival of the Book

Join Kati and Managing Editor of The Iowa Review Lynne Nugent for a celebration of Best American Essays 2016 (ed. Jonathan Franzen) as part of Iowa City's 2016 Festival of the Book. The anthology includes Kati's 2015 Iowa Review Award-winning essay "In Praise of Contempt," and Lynne's work was named Notable.  Kati and Lynne will read at 4pm at the Iowa City Senior Center downtown. 

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Conference Workshop: The Telling Itself: Coaching Writers Through the Craft Problems of Illness
Oct
6
3:45pm 3:45pm

Conference Workshop: The Telling Itself: Coaching Writers Through the Craft Problems of Illness

Drawing on the lessons of my ongoing work with community-level writers, I’ll explore how the problems of modern illness become the craft problems of illness narratives, and how I help students break out of these ruts by teaching chronology, scope, framing, and to widen the narrative lens. Together, we'll discuss ways to avoid student re-traumatization, and explore how a supportive community can help writers see past doctors and medical technology to identify the real hero of their illness narratives: themselves.

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Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations Into Writing Sexuality
Aug
30
to Oct 13

Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations Into Writing Sexuality

How do we write sex? And if we don't, why not? In this five-week nonfiction workshop, participants will consider the role of the sex scene in storytelling, explore the relationship between sensuality and lyricism, discuss the politics and ethics of writing sex, engage with current sex research, and write out of the unique terrain of their own bodies.

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NSFW: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Sex
Apr
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

NSFW: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Sex

What keeps us from writing sex? And why is it important to do it anyway? In this three hour Friday evening workshop, we'll unpack the sexual culture we live in, exploring terms like sex positivity and sex negativity, considering the ways we censor ourselves and others, and beginning to pen our own stories of sex and sexuality.

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The Body With A Thousand Faces
Apr
6
to May 18

The Body With A Thousand Faces

In The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell explores the idea that all important myths from around the world share a fundamental structure-- the Hero's Journey.  Over the course of six weeks, this nonfiction workshop will use the stages of the Hero's Journey as inspiration for writing prompts in and out of class, keeping an eye on where stories of illness diverge from the expected narrative arc, while providing a space for participants' ongoing personal writing projects. 

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Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations into Writing Sexuality
Nov
3
to Dec 15

Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations into Writing Sexuality

How do we write sex? And if we don't, why not? In this five-week nonfiction workshop, participants will consider the role of the sex scene in storytelling, explore the relationship between sensuality and lyricism, discuss the politics and ethics of writing sex, engage with current sex research, and write out of the unique terrain of their own bodies.

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The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives As Healing and Craft
Sep
9
to Oct 21

The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives As Healing and Craft

  • The University of Arizona Poetry Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick,” writes Susan Sontag. In this six-week class at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, writers will craft personal nonfiction narratives that explore the experience of illness. 

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Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations into Writing Sexuality
Jul
25
to Jul 26

Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations into Writing Sexuality

How do we write sex? And if we don't, why not? In this two-day nonfiction intensive, participants will consider the role of the sex scene in storytelling, discuss the politics and ethics of writing sex, explore the differences between pornography, erotica, and literary sex writing, engage with current research, and write out of the unique terrain of their own bodies. (Taught at Still Cellars in Longmont, Colorado.)

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