Epistemologies: 11/4/18

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Epistemologies: 11/4/18

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EPISTEMOLOGIES: Writing to Unmake and Remake Meaning

  • WORKSHOP LEADERS: These workshops are led collaboratively, because we believe in it! Lidia Yuknavitch is featured via video in both workshops, every week, while Zinn Adeline and/or Leigh Hopkins will be available for questions, discussions, and will provide you with written feedback. You will receive written leader feedback at least 3 times.

  • WHERE & WHEN: Start Date of 11/4/18. Each workshop is 6 weeks, and takes place on an interactive online platform.

  • HOW: Each week will have a video of Lidia & Zinn discussing making writing as an epistemological act, complete with prompts and writing assignments so that you too can write the body as an epistemological site—a site where human meaning is made anew, by you. You post your response to the prompt (between 500-1500 words) by the end of the week for leader and peer collaboration.  

  • PARTICIPATION EXPECTATION: You are expected to give feedback, which we provide a how-to-guide for, to at least two other writers' work every week. This is important and a commitment we ask you to take seriously.  

  • COST: Each workshop is $400.

How many different ways do our bodies make meaning in our lives?  The birth body, the death body, the body inside the pulse and heat and sweat of sexuality? The incarcerated body, the liberated body, the body in pleasure or pain? The athlete's body, the dancer's body, the body abled differently. 

Epistemology is simply The Study of Knowledge, but that study has historically left bodies out. We think writing and literature is a place where we can insist our bodies have a POV, just as writers such asLeslie Marmon Silko, Duras, Acker, Whitman, Colette, Lispector & Irigaray have done.  In this workshop, we will contemplate creative writing techniques and structures that innovates, invents and performs the ways in which the body is an epistemological site—a site where all human meaning is made and unmade. A made again. Anew. 

Week 1: The Body as an Epistemological Site, part 2.

Week 2: Disrupting Dualisms

Week 3: Perceiving Perception

Week 4: Ignorance: Unlearning Bliss

Week 5: Corporeal Languages

Week 6: Corporeal Structures

Contact registration@corporealwriting.com with questions.


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Leigh Hopkins is a writer, educator, and seminar leader. In 2010, she left a career in social policy and education reform to move to Brazil. There, she launched a retreat center and founded Viva Institute by rigging a satellite dish to a boulder in a banana field. Her essays have been published in Elephant Journal, ENTROPY Magazine, The Manifest-Station, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Today, Leigh lives in Philadelphia with her wife and Jack Russell Terrier.