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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 5 Weeks

Writing Care and Vulnerability

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  • $340.00 Non-Member
  • $325.00 Member

Class Description

In this generative workshop, we will look at contemporary writers considering the body in various states of need to write into our own reckonings with care and vulnerability. Over the past few years, we have seen an unprecedented engagement with public health through digital means, as well as moments of great isolation and need as well as radical acts of mutual aid. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own unique experiences of this time. We will consider how our individual experiences might support each of us in connecting to broader narratives about vulnerability and privilege. Inspired by contemporary writers and artists -- including Mia Mingus, Audre Lorde, the Sickness Affinity Group, Rom Alice Walden, Johanna Hedva and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha -- who engaged directly with precarity and embodiment, we will seek new understandings of our surroundings and support systems.
In each session we will check in one another's wellbeing, read together, discuss, and have several guided writing periods. Students will write primarily in and through models of creative nonfiction, though hybrid forms are welcome. Optional prompts will be given to extend writing periods outside of class time. Given that this class will be primarily generative and conversation-oriented, participants will share their work for feedback live in a participatory, author-driven feedback process influenced by Felicia Rose Chavez's Anti-Racist Writing Workshop.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!