The task of writers, according to poet Natalie Goldberg, is to say a “holy yes” to life and to live and write with the knowledge that our lives—which are both completely ordinary and wondrously mythical—matter. In this workshop, we will explore what it means to use our unique voices and identities to inform our writing—what it means to shape the stories and details of our ordinary (and extraordinary!) lives into writing that can transform us and our readers. We will discuss practical tips for how to best cultivate and nurture our own writing voice and will have the opportunity to generate new material through a variety of writing exercises.
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Lisa Dordal is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and is the author of Mosaic of the Dark, which was a finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; Water Lessons, which was listed by Lambda Literary as one of their most anticipated books for 2022; and Next Time You Come Home (forthcoming, Fall 2023). Lisa is a Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in The Sun, Narrative, Image, The New Ohio Review, Best New Poets, Greensboro Review, RHINO, Ninth Letter, and CALYX. Her website is lisadordal.com.
Lisa is new to The Porch. Welcome!