RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 23!
Writing, like all art forms, is the process of figuring something out--primarily yourself. When we write, whether it's poetry, fiction, nonfiction or something else, we are ultimately seeking to more fully illuminate our thoughts, experiences, motivations. We are also seeking (if we are honest) to illuminate our blind spots, character flaws, and our gaps of of knowledge, understanding and compassion. It is only when we can see the composite of the self that we can begin to see how that self fits into the larger world in which we live, and influence.
The constant interplay between the self and society is where racism, and antiracism, lives and thrives. It's the job of the writer to capture that interplay, to turn a mirror on a dynamic that's become increasingly fraught and high-stakes. We must not be afraid of those stakes. This is not about 'writing about the other,' it's about writing about your own interplay--clear-eyed, without comment or judgment, but with a mission of examining the truth of your own life. In this workshop we'll talk about what this means, how to do it, and how to make it a habit, whatever the political moment.