Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: The Trauma Essay (Salt Lake City, UT)
Oct
19
9:30 AM09:30

Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: The Trauma Essay (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Lifelong Learning at University of Utah (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this one-day intensive, writers learn how the physiological processes of trauma and shame interact with a writing practice, use writing activities adapted from clinical practice to sidestep trauma writing stumbling blocks, and dive into the craft choices that help us tell the most powerful versions of these difficult yet necessary stories.

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Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Tucson, AZ)
Nov
8
to Nov 10

Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Tucson, AZ)

  • Private Adobe Home in Barrio Viejo (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 weekend intensive, participants will write about their own sexual experiences, considering what authority looks like on the page, diving into the opportunities provided by narrative distance, and practicing building strong connective tissue between individual sexual stories and the larger questions about sex with which our culture grapples.

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Penning the Nasty: Explorations Into Writing Sex (Seattle, WA)
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Penning the Nasty: Explorations Into Writing Sex (Seattle, WA)

In this 12-hour intensive, participants will consider the role of the sex scene in storytelling, discuss the politics and ethics of writing sex, and explore the differences between pornography, erotica, and literary sex writing—in the end gaining greater comfort discussing, writing, and publishing sensual and sexual writing.

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Unlocking Tough Stories (online)
Nov
25
to Jan 13

Unlocking Tough Stories (online)

Our most powerful stories can be the most brutal to write, leaving us frustrated, traumatized, and stuck. What gets in the way? How can we push forward without damaging our mental and physical health? In this 8-week nonfiction class online through Catapult, we’ll build a craft toolbox for unlocking urgent stories that have so far resisted telling.

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Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: The Sex Scene (Salt Lake City, UT)
Apr
4
9:00 AM09:00

Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: The Sex Scene (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Lifelong Learning at University of Utah (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do we write sex well, and what keeps us from writing it at all? In this 8-hour intensive, participants will consider the role of the sex scene in storytelling, explore how the culture we live in shapes what we write, examine what the “intent to arouse” means on the page, and notice differences in syntax between pornography, erotica, romance novels, and literary sex writing. Along the way, participants will gain a greater comfort discussing, writing, and publishing sensual and sexual writing.

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Writing the Trauma Essay (New York, NY)
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Writing the Trauma Essay (New York, NY)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this two-day nonfiction intensive in New York City, we’ll gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, explore craft challenges specific to trauma, and practice owning on the page our complicated, contradictory selves.

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Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Seattle, WA)
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Seattle, WA)

In this 12-hour weekend intensive at Seattle’s Hugo House, writers explore what it means to write “crazy,” from the quiet stutterings of mental illness to the way violence echoes in us. Beginning with an overview of how physiological trauma and shame interact with our writing, this class will explore personal exposure, self-characterization, wild syntax, and the danger of melodrama.

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Unlocking Tough Stories (online)
Aug
6
to Sep 24

Unlocking Tough Stories (online)

Our most powerful stories can be the most brutal to write, leaving us frustrated, traumatized, and stuck. What gets in the way? How can we push forward without damaging our mental and physical health? In this 8-week nonfiction class online through Catapult, we’ll build a craft toolbox for unlocking urgent stories that have so far resisted telling.

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Mastering the Scene (online)
Jul
8
to Aug 26

Mastering the Scene (online)

In this eight-week class for prose writers, we’ll dive into how scenes work and what they accomplish, exploring how scenes develop characters, seed tension, establish place and time, facilitate flashbacks, soften research, and build deeper themes in a story/essay.

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Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Tucson, AZ)
May
7
to Jun 11

Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Tucson, AZ)

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

In this six-week class, writers explore what it means to write “crazy,” from the quiet stutterings of mental illness to the way violence echos in us. Beginning with an overview of how physiological trauma and shame interact with our writing, this class will explore personal exposure, self-characterization, wild syntax, and the danger of melodrama.

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Penning the Nasty (the tender, the sweet): Explorations Into Writing Sexuality (Tucson, AZ)
May
1
to May 29

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

How do we write sex? And if we don't, why not? In this five-week nonfiction workshop at Tucson Hop Shop, 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, and write out of the unique terrain of their own bodies.

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3rd Annual I Sing the Body Electric : A Literary Bacchanal (Tucson, AZ)
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

3rd Annual I Sing the Body Electric : A Literary Bacchanal (Tucson, AZ)

"If you can't talk about something, you can't think about something," writer Eula Biss told Krista Tippett. Join me in April as alumni of my classes-- writers of sex, illness, and trauma-- read together for the 3rd Annual Literary Bacchanal on the patio at Tucson Hop Shop.

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Unlocking Tough Stories (online)
Apr
8
to May 27

Unlocking Tough Stories (online)

Our most powerful stories can be the most brutal to write, leaving us frustrated, traumatized, and stuck. What gets in the way? How can we push forward without damaging our mental and physical health? In this 8-week nonfiction class online through Catapult, we’ll build a craft toolbox for unlocking urgent stories that have so far resisted telling.

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Crowdfunding the Creative Life (Seattle, WA)
Mar
25
5:00 PM17:00

Crowdfunding the Creative Life (Seattle, WA)

**This class is sadly cancelled. ** How can crowdfunding launch, advance, and sustain writing careers? In this three-hour class, writers learn the differences between platforms and explore how to build strong campaigns, the emotional tangle of asking for money, the pressure of being accountable to an audience, and the ways crowdfunding can bolster literary community.

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Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Seattle, WA)
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Seattle, WA)

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 and introspective 12-hour intensive at Hugo House, writers will work to build strong connective tissue between their own sexual stories and larger questions about sex that our culture is grappling with.

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The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Tucson, AZ)
Mar
12
to Apr 30

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Tucson, AZ)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this weekend intensive, writers gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, considering 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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The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Fort Collins, CO)- CANCELLED
Nov
9
to Nov 10

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Fort Collins, CO)- CANCELLED

  • Primrose Studio at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this weekend intensive, writers gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, considering 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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Persona, Archetypes, & Exposure: Writing the Complicated Self (Pinedale, WY)
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

Persona, Archetypes, & Exposure: Writing the Complicated Self (Pinedale, WY)

There is a great temptation to airbrush ourselves on the page, and yet this leaves us not only less trustworthy on the page, but less interesting. In this evening nonfiction seminar, students will explore how the contradictions in their personalities—the gaps between dirty laundry and grace—are the most interesting space. Hosted by Sublette County Public Library in Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Jackson, WY)
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Jackson, WY)

What stories does a body have to tell? In this 3-hour workshop at Teton County Library, we’ll use the powerful anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays to unlock the stories folded into our limbs and organs, considering how different forms and voices allow us to make meaning from our corporeal histories, and writing to prompts that help us excavate and illuminate the stories we contain.

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Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Boulder, CO)
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Boulder, CO)

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, and introspective 10-hour weekend intensive, writers will work towards a personal essay about an aspect of their sexual experience, learning to build strong connective tissue between individual sexual stories and the larger questions about sex that our culture is grappling with.

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The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Seattle, WA)
Jul
7
to Jul 8

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Seattle, WA)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this weekend intensive, writers gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, considering how writers manage 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. Hosted by Hugo House in Seattle. 

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The Wounded Storyteller: Revision Sessions (Private Class)
Jun
23
to Jun 24

The Wounded Storyteller: Revision Sessions (Private Class)

How do we best tell our stories of illness? In this private 12-hour class in downtown Seattle, writers will consider how different revision strategies can showcase, enrich, or tighten the stories they have to tell. Writers will workshop an essay of their own, provide feedback to peers, and discuss Lauren Slater's Prozac Diary.

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Into the Grey: Writing Complicated Sex in the Era of #MeToo (Tucson, AZ)
May
18
to May 19

Into the Grey: Writing Complicated Sex in the Era of #MeToo (Tucson, AZ)

In this two-day intensive, we'll commit to bringing to light nuanced, thoughtful explorations of the grey space between sex and sex crimes. Letting the #MeToo movement inform our space, here we'll wrestle with sex's inherent uncertainties; here we'll examine our own complicated desires concerning power; here we'll pen the events that, with a slight twist, could have ended up so differently. 

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Persona, Archetypes, & Exposure: Writing the Complicated Self (Tucson)
Apr
3
to Apr 24

Persona, Archetypes, & Exposure: Writing the Complicated Self (Tucson)

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

There is a great temptation to airbrush ourselves on the page, and yet this leaves us not only less trustworthy on the page, but less interesting. In this nonfiction seminar, students will explore how the contradictions in their personalities—the gaps between dirty laundry and grace—are the most interesting space. Hosted by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. 

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The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives As Healing and Craft (Seattle)
Mar
24
to Mar 25

The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives As Healing and Craft (Seattle)

  • Hugo House (First Hill location) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 The problems of modern illness are the craft problems of illness narratives. In this 2-day workshop at Hugo House in downtown Seattle, we’ll use published illness writing as our launching pad for exploring how to successfully manage the chronology, scope, and language of modern illness experiences.

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Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Tucson)
Dec
3
to Dec 10

Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Tucson)

What stories does a body have to tell? In this two-day workshop, we’ll use the anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays to unlock the stories folded into our limbs and organs, considering how different forms and voices allow us to make meaning from our corporeal histories. On January 14, we'll share our work at a public reading in Tucson Hop Shop's sunny beer garden: a body we have written together.

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Farewell Reading for Edible Baja Arizona Editor Megan Kimble!
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

Farewell Reading for Edible Baja Arizona Editor Megan Kimble!

After nearly five years, 27 issues, hundreds of articles, and more than 4,000 pages, Edible Baja Arizona editor Megan Kimble is stepping down. Join me in the beer garden of Tucson Hop Shop on November 28 to honor Megan's visionary work with a reading of some of her favorite pieces from the magazine (including Kati's "The Sustenance of Democracy").  

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