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“My body knew things my mouth and my mind couldn't, or maybe wouldn't, express.”
― Kiese Laymon, Heavy: An American Memoir

“Some of our most defining stories are about the things that have happened to our bodies,” says instructor Jennifer Lewis. “Whether adolescence, childbirth, aging or gender transitioning, each of us has experienced transformations that have shaped our character.”

In this five-week class, we will practice writing from a place of embodiment to release stories held within the body or stories we have told ourselves about our bodies. During in-class writing exercises, we will learn how to inject more body awareness into our writing to create richer passages and build more meaningful connections with our readers.

For guidance and inspiration, we will read and discuss poems, short stories and novel excerpts that focus on different aspects of the body such as the five senses and body connection and disassociation, as well as essays on body dysmorphia and the body positivity movement. While we will read work in multiple genres, participants can write in any genre they choose.

Jennifer says, "The class is great for beginners who want to generate new work as well as seasoned writers who want to layer and expand more dynamic possibilities."

 

About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.

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Instructor

    Jennifer Lewis is the editor of Red Light Lit. Her short story, “The New Low,” was the winner of The Bindle Award, forthcoming this fall in the Nomadic Press Journal. In June 2017, she was the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Creative Non-Fiction Award for her short story, “Holy Communion.” Her fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s AvenueEleven ElevenFourteen Hills Press, and Midnight Breakfast. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015 and was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction in 2012 and for fiction in 2015.

Schedule
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 10, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 17, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 24, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 31, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, February 07, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Reviews
  • Jennifer was a wonderful facilitator and positive source of inspiration - with a wealth of prompts and lots of encouragement along the way.

    Aly V.
  • Jennifer is amazing. She makes the most of our time together. I have learned so much! She is encouraging, very prepared.

    Vilma V.

Details

Start:
Sunday, January 10, 2021 @ 10:00 pm PST
End:
Monday, February 8, 2021 @ 12:30 am PST
Cost:
$310
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Venue

Online (Synchronous)
Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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