Making Art as a Life Practice

Creative Strategies for Excavating Your Body’s Stories

Lidia Yuknavitch, Zinn Adeline

August 18-20, 2017

Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

See below for
accommodation rates.


Program Description

At its core, the process of making art is a life practice. It’s not about crafting the perfect sentence, attracting an audience, or even getting published. It’s about digging deeper, finding truer truths, and staying alive. Reimagining. Remaking. Reinventing.

Your body has a point of view, and when you tell stories from its perspective, they come out different. Urgent. Important. But how can you tap into these stories and incorporate them into your art in meaningful ways?

This weekend, writers Lidia Yuknavitch and Zinn Adeline guide you into unknown territory using body-centered prompts, memory play, and life cycles to spontaneously write and access your deeper truths. You will dig in, unearth, and excavate with generative writing from original prompts Lidia and Zinn have developed. Through discussion and sharing, you will work on your material and explore how you can craft your new discoveries into art.

Artists of all kinds and at all levels are welcome—there are no prerequisites, genre requirements, or boundaries. You’ll leave with new ideas and new material—and new tools for continuing to work with them.

Why Attend?

  • Work with generative, body-centered writing prompts and articulate what you discover in ways that help you maintain a state of connected creativity.

  • Excavate the stories stored deep in your body and express them in whatever way they would like, including making up languages and forms to unique to you.

  • Head into unknown creative territory as you engage in a body-centered art-making philosophy and practices that lead to engaging new material.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Artists of all kinds are welcome.

Program Faculty

yukavitch_lidia_350x400Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the acclaimed author of seven books, including The Small Backs of Children and The Chronology of Water. She is…


adeline_zinn_350x400Zinn Adeline

Zinn Adeline’s work has appeared in Blunderbuss, Cactus Heart and Nailed Magazine. While doing her graduate work in creative writing she accepted…



Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:

Pod: $280
Standard single: from $390
Standard double: from $360
Traditional: from $420
Suite: from $700

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