In the course of a human life, we all live through certain archetypal cycles. In this 8-week generative nonfiction writing class, we'll draw on the Third Line of the Major Arcana of the Tarot to tell the story of how a crisis led to transformation in our lives. From The Devil to The World, class will begin with an overview of our weekly card. We'll use a meditative exercise to ground into our deeper selves before writing to prompts that help us excavate relevant stories we've lived, exploring themes like self-sabotage, destruction, healing, shadow, illumination, thresholds, and completion. In the final week, we'll integrate what you've uncovered through reflection, and you'll share one short revision of your work from the class.
Please note: Owning a tarot deck is recommended for this course, but previous experience with the tarot is not required.
Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice/Staff Pick. Named one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of Fall 2020, Lightning Flowers was also shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, received a starred Kirkus review, and was featured in People Magazine, on NPR’s Fresh Air, and on the goop podcast. Her previous work appeared in The Best American Essays 2016. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA program. She lives on a piñon- and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.
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