The Corporeality of Poetic Language

WHEN: 10/20/17-10/22/17

WHERE: Corporeal Center: 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

WORKSHOP LEADER: Brigid Yuknavitch


COST: $375

This is a very different process than a craft workshop. This is about what makes poetic language different than other language. This awareness can take you deeper into your writing, no matter your genre, as well as your body.
— Brigid Yuknavitch

Poetic language brings our breathing, sensing, emotional corporeality into the process of writing and reading. It makes “sense” differently than other kinds of language. In this workshop we will explore how poetic language works. We’ll experiment with line, voice, and the reading/re-seeing experience. If you are new to poetry, this workshop is a way into understanding the corporeal language of poetry and art. If you are an experienced writer or artist, this workshop can deepen your artistic practice by taking you in new directions or showing you more about your creative and linguistic processes. No prerequisites or genre restrictions, just come willing to experiment and experience what poetic language is all about! 

Workshop meets Friday evening from 7-9, Saturday and Sunday we go from 10:30-4. Limited seats available in order to allow for meaningful engagement. Contact with questions. 

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Writing & The Body

WHEN: 3/23/18-3/25/18

WHERE: Kennedy School Hotel

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Jenn Pastiloff & Lidia Yuknavitch

COST: $550

“Writing and the body” are at the heart of both Lidia and Jen’s work so they decided to join forces and create a space where you can safely listen to and interpret the things our bodies tell us. This workshop will be non- traditional and, as Lidia says, will explore how stories and their forms can come from corporeal places, not just literary traditions and MFA programs.

We will do yoga (you do not have to be good at yoga or know it all) in order to open the body in Jen’s workshops and we will write about the body in Lidia’s workshops. Combining movement and writing moves you into a deeper space that allows words take over. Expect to flow, sweat, sing, write, dance and laugh as you let go of what is no longer serving you. Manifest what you want in your life.

You do not have to be a published or experienced writer or yogi- we are looking for people who have heart. You have a desire to write? You have a body? Then this weekend is for you. 

The weekend will be about letting go of fear, taking risks, connection and trust. The focus of the weekend is about being human: mind, body and soul. It’s about letting go of fear. It’s about finding your voice as a writer and as a woman. If I wasn’t afraid I would…?  What makes me come alive? Who would I be if nobody told me who I was?

What am I scared to write about? Questions like this and many more will be sought out and answered in this unique workshop which will strengthen the connection between your mind and your body.Bring an open heart. Expect to go beyond your comfort zone.  This experience is about life: unpredictable, sometimes messy, beautiful, human.

Refunds: A refund of $500 will be granted up until 2/1/2018, should you need one. After 2/1/18, we will only provide a refund if we are able to fill your spot. The remaining $50 covers our transfer fees then goes into our scholarship fund.

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