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

Crowdfunding the Creative Life (Seattle, WA)

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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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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Conference Presentation: The Other Side of Fire: Toward An Embodied Pedagogy for Trauma Writing (Iowa City, IA)
Oct
12
10:30 AM10:30

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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Examined Life Pre-Conference Workshop: The Telling Itself: Managing the Narrative Structures of Illness (Iowa City, IA)
Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

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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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
12:00 PM12:00

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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