We all love a well-written book, but there is something otherworldly, soul-possessing in fact, that happens when under the influence of a powerful oral storyteller. How might we tap into the lifeblood of our ancestors, allowing it to move our hands across the page?
In this three-hour generative workshop, we will first familiarize ourselves with a story told by the illustrious storyteller Jan Blake (British of Haitian descent). By inhabiting the story she tells through several different entry points and writing prompts, we will summon new and surprising material from our own memories and write towards the energy of our authentic and common experience of being human. We'll share and receive positive feedback and support, and discuss the best next steps for the writing we generate during class.
Jamie Figueroa (Afro-Taíno) is Boricua by way of Ohio, and longtime resident of northern New Mexico. Her writing has appeared in Agni, McSweeney's, American Short Fiction, Emergence Magazine, and Catapult among other journals. She is an associate professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Jamie’s novel, Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer debuted in March 2021. www.jamiefigueroa.com
Jamie is new to The Porch. Welcome!