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Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Tucson)

  • Tucson Hop Shop 3230 North Dodge Boulevard Tucson, AZ, 85716 United States (map)

Two Sundays, December 3 & 10: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Public Reading January 14 at 1:00pm

What stories does a body have to tell? In this two-day workshop at Tucson Hop Shop, we’ll use the powerful anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays to unlock the stories folded into our limbs and organs. Together, we’ll consider how different forms and voices allow us to make meaning from our corporeal histories, drawing on specific essays from the book to guide our thinking about craft. As we soak in the beauty and tension of these published works, we’ll write hard to prompts that help us excavate and illuminate the stories we contain, supporting each other toward a full first draft.

Then, on January 14, we’ll host a public afternoon reading in Tucson Hop Shop's sunny beer garden, presenting the body we have made together—our bawdy, heartbreaking, and beautiful flesh, speaking.

Cost: $75-$100 (sliding scale)  A non-refundable deposit of half is required to hold your spot.

Book required: $20


Some considerations:

Please note that both the first and second class include required reading, so it is recommended to sign up and acquire your copy of the book with enough time to read the assigned essays before the first class. (How much lead time this requires may depend on what kind of reader you are, and in what kind of life.)

Books can be purchased on this site at checkout, locally at Antigone Books, or through the Center for Literary Publishing's websitePlease do not purchase from Amazon, as their policies are not supportive to writers and small publishers. 

Please let me know if you have needs related to physical ability. The class is currently scheduled to be in the loft at Tucson Hop Shop (up a flight of stairs). A first-floor space is possible with notice.

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Although this class does not include the workshopping of drafts before the reading, interested students are welcome to reach out to each other and/or the instructor to schedule privately. It is my hope that we find community in building these stories together.