Writing About Class in America: A May Day Workshop

Corporeal Writing is thrilled to be hosting Vanessa Veselka, who writes about class the way Lidia writes about the body, again this year for A two-day workshop on 4/29/17 & 4/30/17 at Mckmanimns Kennedy School in Portland, OR. Includes coffee, tea and lunch. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. $375.

We inherit history we did not create. We are micro-territories, political economies, made posture and dental work, grammar and shame. In an America that hides its own class story, how do we tell ours? This workshop is generative. We will write and write. We will explore subterranean rivers that feed our work. Through oral history and trance, vulnerability and thought, we free ourselves and our characters to tell deeper stories in a time that calls out for them. 

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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: Portland, OR.

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! 

Food and drink is included in your registration fee. Workshop meets Friday evening from 7-9, beverages and dessert will be served. Saturday and Sunday we go from 10:30-4, and coffee, tea, and lunch will be served. Limited seats available in order to allow for meaningful engagement. Contact zinn@corporealwriting.com with questions. 

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Writing and the Body

Join Lidia Yuknavitch and Jennifer Pastiloff in their groundbreaking three day workshop: Writing + The Body.

WHEN: 3/17/17-3/18/17

WHERE: at the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, OR. 

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Lidia Yuknavitch & Jenn Pastiloff

COST: $500

Registration includes coffee and lunch on Saturday & Sunday. Group lodging is available on site on a first come first serve basis. Call (503) 249-3983 and ask for the Corporeal Writing room block for reservations, or book online with this code: 1703CORPOR.

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