In this free class, offered twice annually, immigrants and refugees in the greater Nashville community learn how to transform life experiences into memoir, how to write fiction from the imagination, how to find a poem in a moment and make it grow, and how to play with language (and make languages play with each other). Creative writing can be a great form of stress relief, self-care and enjoyment, and sharing stories with others allows the safe exchange of unique perspectives and experiences. In this class, participants learn about the elements of writing, have time to write in class, and have the option to share writing with the class and instructor for feedback.
Nina Adel is a writer, artist, musician, and educator originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nina studied songwriting and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music and holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Belmont University and MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her lyric essay Refugerehttps://blreview.org/nonfiction/refugere/ won the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review’s Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction. She has been published in Sweet Tree Review, matchbook, Selcouth Station, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Tennessean, Louisiana Folklife Studies Journal, New Sun Rising, and Storm Cycle, among others, and is a Glimmer Train honorable mention recipient. She has recently completed a hybrid, fictionalized memoir composed of linked flash pieces in prose and poetry. Nina speaks several languages, is a published translator and has written, co-produced, recorded and toured behind three albums of original music. She lives in the heart of Nashville alongside her two native Nashvillian children and two boisterous hounds and teaches writing at a local college. Read more of Nina’s work at http://ninaadel.com/ and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @writethinkspeak.
In all my years in the United States as a second-generation immigrant (born and raised in the USA), I have always been a part of a majority Caucasian learning environment. This means that my experience, stories and perspective as an immigrant is seen as something of an outlier, to be considered as abnormal. At the very least, it was difficult to feel seen and understood. This is the first time I have ever felt like my status as an outsider is what actually qualifies me to "belong." Not only do I love hearing the many opinions and approaches to interpreting the human experience, this group has been a safe and supportive place to learn about the craft of writing and discover new authors and poets of varying cultural backgrounds that I would not have otherwise encountered in my previous education. I am so grateful that this opportunity exists specifically for immigrants and refugees!
The program fosters writing in a creative and fun way. I valued the time that we set aside to write in class, the opportunity to share with others in the class my writing, and the opportunity to hear theirs. It's a great environment to meet people from different backgrounds who have very interesting stories to tell.
I love Porch Creative Writing for Immigrants and Refugees! I looked forward to it each week. Getting to be in a room with people with your passion who can somewhat understand your background is priceless. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow! This course is something that should be offered every where in America!