Creative Strategies for Excavating Your Body’s Stories
August 18-20, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.
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.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the acclaimed author of seven books, including The Small Backs of Children and The Chronology of Water. She is a seasoned teacher of writing and literature, and has crafted her body-centered art-making philosophy into a groundbreaking workshop practice—Corporeal Writing. She has received several awards and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center creative nonfiction award.
Zinn Adeline is a writer whose work has appeared in Blunderbuss, Cactus Heart, and Nailed magazine. While doing her graduate work in creative writing, she accepted Lidia Yuknavitch’s invitation to collaborate on Corporeal Writing workshops—an alternative arts workshop series merging creative writing, theory, and praxis. She develops workshops and teaches from Portland, Oregon.
Zinn had a longing since childhood to be a writer. When her fourth grade teacher asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, she said she wanted to save lives. “You want to be a doctor?” her teacher asked her. To which Zinn replied, “No, I want to be a writer.”
After earning bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and sociology, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and applied for an MFA program with the sole purpose of taking classes with Lidia. Now, through Corporeal Writing, Zinn is letting herself become. An artist. A lover. A new kind of mother. And then become again.
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.
Download a sample schedule.
Artists of all kinds are welcome.
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:
Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.
*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
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