“Felt like church without God.” ~ workshop participant
Join us for a writing workshop & meetup at the Porch House — open to all writers in their twenties and thirties of any genre!
Each session, we’ll begin with drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) and a short social hour before pivoting into our reading discussion for the week, lovingly dubbed our daily ‘liturgy.’ Through generative prompts and writing exercises, this workshop will serve as a time to meditate, reflect, heal, create, and hopefully inspire works that continue on long after the workshop has ended.
Writing can be a solitary thing, so why not take an hour out of the busy week to embark on the journey together? The term "writer" is expansive and warm and has the space to hold us all. And we’d be honored to write with you.
“Good writing works from a simple premise: your experience is not yours alone,
but in some sense a metaphor for everyone’s.”
CJ [she, her] is a poet and writer living in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in English and a double minor in creative writing and history. She's had work published in Herstry, Aurora: the Allegory Ridge Poetry Anthology, Novus Literary and Arts Journal, Salt Weekly, Sinew: Poetry in the Brew’s Poetry Anthology, and the Belmont Literary Journal and is the assistant editor to the forthcoming collection A Lighthouse: An Anthology of Immigrant Writing. When she’s not writing about women’s lives or taking moody walks in the cold, she’s working a myriad of jobs— from serving as a writer's assistant to a boss-turned-friend; assisting with Mirror House, a curated mixed media event, and writing workshops for The Porch; occasionally substitute teaching; to working front of house at the Belcourt Theater, a nonprofit film and education center she loves very much. She’s currently working on a hybrid collection of poems and essays centered on girlhood, family, sexuality, and the South while applying this fall for an MFA in poetry/ nonfiction with her fingers and toes crossed. Follow her on instagram @easy.breezycoversquirrel.
Randy [they, them] is an educator— and encourager!— from Oklahoma with a triple degree in Religion/ Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. Currently living in Nashville to pursue their graduate degree in Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School, when they’re not in class, you can find them with their students at Learning Lab Nashville and interning with the Porch. When school subsides and teaching requirements quiet down, a consummate people-person, Randy spends their time searching through the bins at Goodwill and connecting with everyone they can, learning who they are and what connects them to who they've always been. Randy has always found the character of being human the most fascinating part of any story.