In this community writing workshop, we'll do short readings and exercises in class designed to loosen us up, access our creativity and writing voices, and jumpstart a writing practice. Toward the end of the class, each participant will share a short personal essay that has emerged from our in-class exercises. Our theme will be"writing spaces," allowing us to examine the intersections among life stories, memory, the body, and place (home, rooms, towns, spaces dreamed or imagined). We will read excerpts by some of the following writers, and produce our own writing inspired by them: Abigail Thomas, James Agee, Sandra Cisneros, JoAnn Beard, David Sedaris, Jamaica Kincaid, Lynda Barry, Paul Auster, Luci Tapahonso.
The class will meet on Saturdays March 11-April 15, 3-5pm. Early bird tickets (purchased by March 1st) are $200 + Eventbrite fee. Regular tickets (after March 1st) are $250 + fee.
Joanna Penn Cooper
Organizer of Writing Spaces: A Memoir-Writing Workshop on Starting Where You Are
Joanna Penn Cooper is a writer, editor, and teacher of literature and writing. Joanna has published a book of short prose pieces (prose poems and micro-essays), The Itinerant Girl's Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014), and a book of poetry, What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press, 2014). Joanna holds a Ph.D. in English (American literature) from Temple University and an MFA in Poetry from New England College, and in her teaching career, she has held full-time visiting positions at Marquette University and Fordham University. For more information, seejoannapenncooper.net.