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“I’ve only ever wanted to write about what it feels like to be alive, and it turns out being alive is always about being in a body.” - Leslie Jamison
“The best writing is physical, visceral, makes us feel that we are living a story rather than reading one on the page,” says instructor Gila Lyons. "As Anton Chekhov said, 'Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.'"
In this one-day workshop, we'll read and discuss the greats who write about the body, including Roxane Gay, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Alexander Chee. Through generative writing exercises we'll sharpen our ability to write with all five senses, and invigorate our stories by rendering the body on the page. We’ll explore what it's like to live in bodies that experience sickness, health, gender, race, class, disability, desire, and more. By learning to write with, through, and about the body, we will imbue our work with the extra sense of reality that distinguishes a great story from an unforgettable one that gets “under the skin.”
Gila Lyons‘ work has appeared in Salon, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Vox, The Huffington Post, GOOD Magazine, The Rumpus, The Morning News, Ploughshares, Brevity, and other publications, and has been shared and reviewed at New York Magazine, Longreads, Vela, and anthologized in books and collections. She holds an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, teaches writing and literature, and is at work on a memoir about seeking a natural cure for anxiety and panic disorder but falling prey to the underbelly of the alternative health movement. Links to published work can be found at www.gilalyons.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.
- Saturday, October 28, 10:00am-4:00pm