Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell


WHEN: Labor Day Weekend: 9/1/17 - 9/4/17: (Workshop starts Fri evening, & includes 3 nights of lodging, but wraps Sun night. No Monday session.)

WHERE: The Oregon Garden Resort, 45 mins outside of Portland

WORKSHOP LEADER: Lidia Yuknavitch

CO-FACILITATED BY: Zinn Adeline - email with questions

A cohesive narrative can happen any number of ways.  It can be an accumulation of fragments, it can be kaleidoscopic, it can by lyric, braided, circular, vertical, visual, it can be arranged as a palimpsest. Formal innovations in nonfiction prose writing open up multivocal opportunities for storytelling—voices previously marginalized at the edges of experience are also the voices—and bodies—that create and hold the shape of culture. Now more than ever we must amplify hybridity as a socially vital form of storytelling as well as cultivate hybrid forms as artistic and teaching practice.

There are a few books to read ahead of the workshop, and we'll watch films there together on Saturday and Sunday nights, and then talk about them as artistic practice realms. 

Books to read before you come: The Art Lover / Carole Maso, Art and Lies / Jeanette Winterson, Citizen / Claudia Rankine. Films we will watch together: The Piano & Moonlight.

Participants will leave with 2-3 hybrid drafts for future evolution (which may also be understood as novel or nonfiction vertebrae). 

The single rooms have been booked. There are a few shared rooms left. Registration for a shared room is $850. 

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Politics & Resistance Writing: A Productive Undoing

In what ways are Corporeal Writing politically radical? What makes a piece of writing politically active?

WHEN: 9/22/17-9/24/17

WHERE: Gay City, Seattle, WA.

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Lidia Yuknavitch & Zinn Adeline 

COST: $475

Politics and policy now, and always, have failed us. Fascism is absolutely going to fail us. We believe writing, infiltrated with drive, body, language, and new meanings, is a socially vital activity. Ideas, sharing knowledge, and art, are literally the ways to combat Fascism. This workshop, a collaboration between writer-theory-nerds Zinn Adeline and Lidia Yuknavitch, is a combination of readings, group discussion geared towards the exemplary writing techniques, and writing prompts and exercises. We will examine and analyze the ways in which writing can, like activism that is concrete and public, serve as political intervention, disruption and real social change. The Revolution Includes Literature. The Revolution Includes You. (The only pre-requisite is an open mind and a willingness to listen, learn, and write.)

You will be given your readings one month ahead of time, and there will be a private online space to engage in reading discussions and ask questions (anonymously, if you prefer, but no question is a stupid one!) so you feel prepared to make the most out of our time together. Your registration also includes beer, wine & snacks on Friday, as well as coffee, tea and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. There will be vegetarian and gluten free options. We are limited to 25 participants in order to allow for meaningful engagement.

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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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