Saturday Workshop (Nov. 4, 2017) on Flash-Essays and Poetry

High Res Author Photo--BROWNJoin Molly McCully Brown for a Saturday workshop on flash-essays and poetry focused on ways of looking at the body.

When: Saturday Nov. 4, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm

Where:Junior League of SLC, 526 east 300 south SLC, UT. 84102

Cost: $75 includes lunch

To register: Contact Jennifer Atwood — jennifer@writersatwork.org

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. She lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she is the inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine.

Ways of Looking at the Body: A Workshop

Every single one of us has a body. A body that’s been with us our whole lives and yet undergone any number of transformations. A body that might be a site of pain, or one of pleasure, a place we feel at home, or one we feel utterly alien in. Sometimes our bodies feel like who we are and, other times, we barely recognize them. Sometimes they put us in communion with other people and sometimes they divide us from one another. Any way you slice it, there they are. 

Over the course of this workshop we’ll look at poems and flash-essays that approach the fact of the body from a variety of angles. We’ll read praise songs and poems of pain, accounts of childbirth and aging, love poems, and elegies, and confessions. We’ll try our hand at writing about the body through a number of these lenses, with an eye toward finding the language in which we feel most able to effectively convey what Emily Dickinson calls the profound, precarious property of our bodies and our lives.