WRITING THE BODY
Taught by Marnie Goodfriend
October 13 through November 17
Zoom meetings 6:30pm to 8:30pm ET on Wednesdays October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]
We all live in and through our bodies. Connection to the self and how we perceive, and are perceived, by the world around us is intrinsically tied to the vessel we reside in. Bodies can be political battlegrounds, sacred spaces, pleasure palaces, and crime scenes. As creative nonfiction or hybrid writers, how can we deepen our writing and understanding of ourselves by looking at the layered relationship we have with our bodies?
Open to new and seasoned writers, this six-week workshop will focus on six pressure points to generate new material from different life experiences: eating, politics, health, intimacy, physical and emotional trauma, and crime. We will read works by writers such as Roxane Gay, Chanel Miller, Kiese Laymon, Maggie Nelson, and Porochista Khakpour to spark ideas about we can approach our own stories about the body.
Each class will include exercises, writing prompts, and discussions of assigned readings. Participants will workshop one essay and receive feedback on their generative writing in a safe and encouraging environment.
Marnie Goodfriend, WRITING THE BODY is a writer, sexual assault advocate, and social practice artist. She is a 2018 VCCA fellow, recipient of the Jane G. Camp scholarship, and a 2016 PEN America fellow. Her advocacy work, Write to Healing, helps sexual assault survivors reauthor their experience through narrative healing. Marnie’s essays, articles, and other writing appear in TIME, Washington Post, The Rumpus, She Knows, Health, and elsewhere.
Read her essay “Fund What You Fear” on Cleaver.