Writing the Body

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Writing the Body

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In this workshop, we will use a series of writing exercises and in-class readings to explore the ways language can help us tell the stories that we carry in our bodies. How is the body treated on a societal or personal scale? What happens to our minds after bodily trauma, joy, or an intense physical experience? How can we learn how to put these thoughts down on paper in a moving and accurate way? We will look at examples of the ways in which other writers (such as Deborah Landau, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and more) have depicted the body in their poetry and prose, and then tap into our own perspectives and imaginations through a series of prompts. Together, we will gain insight into writing about sensory experiences, and explore how writing can uncover the emotional and physical realities of being alive in a human body.

  • Instructor: Gabriela Garcia

  • Length of workshop: One day

  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 11

  • Time: 2- 5 p.m.

  • Location: Refinery Nashville

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About the Instructor:

Gabriela Garcia is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in North American Review, No Dear Magazine, Flapperhouse, and elsewhere. She is a James Hearst Poetry Prize finalist, the founder of the podcast On Poetry, and has an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, where she served as Poetry Editor for Columbia Journal and is now a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow.