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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.”