“I had been a dancer and actor for over a decade when I first started writing fiction,” says instructor Susie Hara, “and I was used to making up stories through movement. So in my newfound medium, eyes locked on the screen, I felt trapped in my chair—that is, until I came up with the Kinetic Writing practice.”
Kinetic Writing uses techniques such as walking, sound improvisation, movement meditation, and visualizing to develop your craft as a writer. In this workshop, you will take part in a variety of invigorating Kinetic Writing exercises, like Write and Walk, Find Your Voice, Embody Your Characters, and Picture Your Scenes. You will tap into the body’s sensory know-how, using physical strategies to generate new work or develop an existing draft. Sessions include reading aloud from in-class writing in a supportive environment, in which we will spark ideas for building on the body-centered techniques to deepen your writing craft.
“Come join me to enliven your writing process with movement and hands-on activities that engage the senses,” says Susie. “These writing exercises can be used as a springboard into any kind of writing—memoir, fiction, poetry, plays, or screenplays—leading you to the narrative that is uniquely yours to tell.”
Susie Hara’s novel, Finder of Lost Objects (Ithuriel’s Spear Press), was a finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award and received a 2015 International Latino Book Award. Her stories have been published in several anthologies, including Fast Girls and Stirring up a Storm. She has a degree in Dance and English from UC Riverside, and an MA in Theater from New York University. She studied movement for a couple of decades, including modern dance, African dance, samba, yoga, and Alexander Technique. As an actor, she was a resident artist at Z Space Studio and performed with the companies Teatro de la Esperanza and Word for Word. Her play Lost and Found in the Mission won a Best of Fringe award in the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. www.susiehara.net