Parent-child relationships are personal, emotionally charged, and complex, and can offer rich meaningful material for a writer. But some of the same features that make it a powerful source, can also make it difficult to gain distance from the writing. This multi-genre, generative workshop will look at the crafting challenges and opportunities of writing about parents, children, and their relationships. We will read poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that navigate parenthood, writing about children from the perspective of parents, as well as parents from the perspective of their grown children. We will reflect on how these texts are vehicles for other universal themes. Then we will use the discussions along with exercises to write new material.
Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 8 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Ananda Lima is the author of Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press, 2021), winner of the Hudson Prize and the chapbooks Amblyopia (Bull City Press, 2020), Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019, winner of the Vella Prize), Vigil (Get Fresh Books, 2021) and Tropicália (Newfound, 2021, winner of the Newfound Prose Prize). Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She has taught at Rutgers University, Newark, UCLA and served as a mentor at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction from Rutgers University, Newark.
Ananda is new to The Porch. Welcome!