This class runs on 4 consecutive Sundays from April 25th to May 16th, from 12 pm to 2 pm PST. The class will happen via Zoom and is meant for BIPOC-identified students.
as children, most of us did not experience writing as play. the well-meaning adults in our lives focused on correcting our creations for spelling, grammar, & handwriting, rather than applauding our creativity. our schools trained us to write from the left brain, to edit before daring to let the words loose on the page like wild animals & to ignore all feeling in our bodies. it’s no wonder that many of us who are called to write inevitably feel the cold, dead hand of “writer’s block” around our necks.
in visceral verse, we won’t produce polished writing, exchange critiques or discuss craft. instead, we’ll focus on interrupting the high speed data cord from our brains to our writing hands & laying down new lines of connection from all parts of our bodies to the page. no prior writing experience is required. we will leave beginner’s writing mind & enter beginner’s writing body through breath, sound, smell, taste, sight, touch & movement, as well as writing, our own & others’. we will take away many tools to creating work that is raw, visceral, sensual & wild.
This class centers work by Black and Brown authors, both in terms of creative texts and somatic practices.
class 1: MOVEMENT & how to move creative blocks out of the body
class 2: STILLNESS & how to listen to the muse
class 3: GRIEF & how to let go of what is weighing down your art
class 4: GRATITUDE & how to harness joy for inspiration in this world
Every class will offer a somatic exercise, a writing exercise, reading and reflection on a text, and feedback from peers on your own writing. We will be connected via Slack during the course and after for more discussion. I will provide resources via email and Dropbox during the course.
*September 2020 note*
After teaching this class for the first time in five years, I begin to understand that the trauma in the body that so often blocks us from our creativity is overwhelmingly a racialized trauma. Regardless of the body we are in, especially if we reside in North America, our experience of white supremacy shapes us unconsciously. For this reason, we will be exploring topics around race, violence, identity, and origins. We will engage in somatic practices that specifically call on our ancestors and ask us to consider our racialized experiences. Due to student request, I am only offering a BIPOC-identified section this spring. If you do not identfiy as BIPOC and are interested in receiving creative coaching, please do email me at email@example.com.