"I don’t lecture. Ever. I just put you through processes to help you discover what you need to discover. You already know. It is in you. But it has to be dug out so you can step into it and apply it. I’m just here to remind you. Guide you. To hand you the shovels. " -LIDIA YUKNAVITCH
What can writing be if we dislocate it from everything we have been told? What might happen if we do it together?

Whether online or in person, our workshops are collaborative, and unlike any other you've taken before. We don't believe in the top down, writer guru is God method. We don't use the workshop rituals and traditions we've inherited. While our practices and methods are rooted in a distinct philosophy that Lidia Yuknavitch has spent a lifetime creating, it requires workshops to be a lateral, collaborative process that values participant collaboration just as much as the workshop leaders'. We aren't the 'masters.' We aren't the ones 'who know,' and are merely imparting our knowledge to you. We just have flashlights and graham crackers and know the secret passageways. We are good at leading people into new and unknown territories from which they can make art.


Corporeal Writing announces Book-Length manuscript workshop

The Body Of The Book

Academia isn’t for every mammal, and traditional critique models don’t work for all writers. Corporeal Writing’s The Body Of The Book is for mammals who dare to try the manuscript workshop differently. Who dare to engage in a collaborative art making process. An art making process that relies on every member of the group’s participation every week. Participation that looks like helping one another see the patterns at work in their material, helping them hunt for hidden metaphors, pointing out distinct rhythms and repetition and images, and supporting the writers in daring to develop them further, in the ways that other workshops insist on plot, narrative, and action. The Body Of The Book is for the writing mammal who dares to do workshop differently and then takes it to the page in their work.


Registration for Writing & The Body 2018 is Now Open! 

1. GENERATIVE: Art as Life Practice with Prompts and Processes

2. SCREENWRITING: Writing the Body onto The Screen

3. REINVENTING REVISION: A radicalization of what we mean when we say “workshop.” Group Revision Work using Lidia's invented Corporeal Methodologies

4. POETICS: Poetics Are Where Language & The Body Meet: Get in Touch With Your Personal Poetics.

5. PRODUCTIVE UNDOING: Reading & Virtual Discussions Ahead of Time, A Weekend of Discussion & Prompts

Enrolling Now:

Face2Face Workshops:

The Body Of The Book, Portland, 8/29/17-11/14/18

Politics & Resistance Writing, Seattle, 9/22-24

Fall 1, PDX, 9/29-10/1/2017

The Corporeality of Poetic Language, Portland, 10/13/17-10/15/17

Fall 2, PDX, 11/3-5/2017

Writing & The Body, Portland, 3/23/18-3/25/18