NSFW: A Sex Positive Writing Workshop
Apr
11
May 9

NSFW: A Sex Positive Writing Workshop

  • Tucson Hop Shop

In a sex-negative culture, it can feel unsafe to share essays about sex in workshop-- but it's never been more important to write and publish these stories. NSFW (Not Safe For Workshop) is a sex-positive space to receive ongoing feedback about your work.

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

The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft

  • Southern Arizona Work Space

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. 

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

Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay

  • Tucson Hop Shop

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.

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

Disorienting the Essay: Finding Form in Personal Nonfiction

  • University of Arizona Poetry Center

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. 

 

SlutWalk: SpeakOut Keynote Speaker
Nov
19
4:00 pm16:00

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.

 

UnSilencing the Sexual Body: A Reading & Interactive Conversation
Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

UnSilencing the Sexual Body: A Reading & Interactive Conversation

  • Southern Arizona Work Space at Exo Roast Co.

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.

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

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Personal Trauma Essay

  • Creative Tribe Workshop [at: Kore Press]

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.

Reading: Best American Essays 2016 at Iowa City Festival of the Book
Oct
8
4:00 pm16:00

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

  • Iowa City Senior Center

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. 

Conference Workshop: The Telling Itself: Coaching Writers Through the Craft Problems of Illness
Oct
6
3:45 pm15:45

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

  • Carver College of Medicine

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.

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

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

  • Tucson Hop Shop

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.

NSFW: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Sex
Apr
15
6:00 pm18:00

NSFW: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Sex

  • Ecdysis

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.

The Body With A Thousand Faces
Apr
6
May 18

The Body With A Thousand Faces

  • Ecdysis

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. 

The Wounded Storyteller
Jan
20
Feb 24

The Wounded Storyteller

  • Private Residence

In "The Wounded Storyteller," participants will explore the possibilities of of the book-length illness narrative while crafting their own stories of illness. This is a private class.

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

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

  • Tucson Hop Shop

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.

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

The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives As Healing and Craft

  • The University of Arizona Poetry Center

“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. 

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

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

  • Still Cellars

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.)

Budding Writers Circle
Jun
27
3:00 pm15:00

Budding Writers Circle

Wish you were writing, but having trouble structuring it in? BWC is a low-commitment prompt-writing group for twentysomethings intended to provide space for generating new material and sharing creative space. BWCs are ideal for the committed undergrad writer who has trouble getting started without a prompt, the student who couldn't fit a writing class into her schedule but wants to stay creative, or young professionals who want to keep their sentences fresh and meet other writers. It's less important that the writing be amazing and more important that the individual wants to write.  Stop in one Saturday, or every time!