In this workshop, ideal before the fall and winter holidays, family members across generations are invited to write, talk, and document their own and each other’s stories on the page. Family members of all ages and levels of experience come, together, with notes, photos, letters, journals, written bits, or simply ideas.
Through sharing with each other, asking questions - Who are we together? How does our connection as family members affect our lives individually? What do we need or want to know about each other to live in fullness? What mysteries do we want to share together on the page with our grandparents, grandchildren, parents, children, aunts and uncles, cousins? - and following prompts provided by the workshop leader and writer Nina Adel, participants will create short individual, family, and interactive texts that may include prose or poetry as well as visual elements.
Writing, drawing, and collage supplies will be provided for those who wish to enhance their creations beyond text-only pieces. Participants will leave the workshop more invested in each other’s stories and prepared to continue writing together and for each other.
NOTE: Registration cost covers you and your plus-one family member.
Nina Adel [she, her] holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Winner of the Bellevue Literary Review’s 2020 Buckvar Prize for her lyric essay "Refugere," Nina’s work has been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Moria, Breath and Shadow, matchbook, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a 2023 Yaddo artist residency and has received additional recognition in such diverse corners of the arts world as Glimmer Train, The Kerrville Music Festival, and Wolf Trap, among others. She is a Berklee-trained musician, craftsperson (owner of Blue Salamander Arts and Letters), and English professor, and is the editor of the recent anthology "A Lighthouse," a collection of immigrant voices from the Immigrants Write program, which she directs at The Porch. She lives in Nashville with her family.
"Nina was excellent. I was unfamiliar with the hybrid genre prior to this class, and she provided a clear framework. Her passion and expertise were evident. It was a great class!"
"Nina did an incredible job a feeling of community in an online setting. As a newcomer to the hybrid from, she created an environment where I could learn, but that was still relevant and interesting for more experienced writers."
"Niña is such a smart, kind and loving spirit. She facilitates learning in a gentle manner and at the same time inspires and sparks joy about this learning process. I love learning with her and my classmates."