The late Milan Kundera wrote, “Living is being happy: seeing, hearing, touching, drinking, eating, urinating, defecating, diving into the water and gazing at the sky, laughing and crying.” As writers, it can be all too easy to use our grief as fuel and to focus on our trauma as a means of proving our own unique necessity. It is also unduly demanded of writers to create a theater of their pain for the benefit of others. But what of our delights? What about the sudden ecstasies that remind us of our humanity and, by extension, our drive to create art in the first place? Now more than ever, Kundera’s words echo into the void. In this workshop, we will challenge ourselves to access the wonder of this great, terrible world. We will discuss multi-genre work from Ada Limon and Jericho Brown to Ross Gay and Emma Cline. We will also prioritize generating new work that centers our joy and provides a diving board to continue this noble pursuit of laughing and living. All are welcome, sharing is completely voluntary.
Loie Rawding grew up on the coast of Maine. Her novel, Tight Little Vocal Cords, was a finalist for the Big Other Book Awards and a Lambda Literary Most Anticipated Books of 2020. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Loie's writing and literary criticism has been in publication all over the world. She lives in East Nashville with her family and is currently at work on her third novel-length project. For more: www.loierawding.com
“Loie was a terrific instructor. She built a strong rapport immediately with her students and led reflective discussions. Her written reviews are thorough and it is clear she puts a significant amount of time into the organization of the class. I was inspired and challenged by her comments and with each session.”
“Loie was wonderful. She treated everyone's work with equal seriousness and insight, fostered a supportive atmosphere among the group, and really motivated us to do our best work. I'll absolutely recommend her classes to others.”
“Loie is so supportive. She forced us all to really dig deep into what story we were all trying to tell in our first drafts. I’m thankful for all the feedback and advice on how to pursue publishing that she was able to offer. I’d love to take another class from her again!”