Writing in Color Craft Class: How to Weave Water—Tapping Memories for Creative Writing

$25.00 Members
$35.00 Non-members

As Toni Morrison posits in her essay "The Site of Memory": "All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was." Bodies of water articulate a double registry of meaning—referring to oceans, rivers, lakes, and simultaneously to the human body, which is composed primarily of water. The definition of wake is: “the track left by a moving body (such as a ship) in a fluid (such as water).” In this workshop, we will examine what wake we leave in our creative work, looking closely at what we leave behind and what we continue to carry over time and across space. We will learn how to panhandle water as a site, source, and portal for memory collection; and to in turn weave words generated from our imagination. What possibilities might open up if you approach the act of creative writing from the subject position of a weaver sitting at a loom? What would it mean to explore the ways that water acts not only as a metaphorical site of trauma, memory, and healing but also as a material site? Ultimately, we will use this workshop to experiment and play with approaches to cross-genre writing as well as artistic production that center the ways of water. This class is open to writers of all genres who also identify as people of color or from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as the Lead Teaching and Learning Librarian for Colorado College. She also serves as faculty for Pacific Northwest College of Art's Low-Residency MFA program. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Missouri Review, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, The Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and in 2020 the winner of a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press) is available now.

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Aug 04, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm