24 Jul Body Stories: A memoir writing workshop
6-week Writing Series | 4 dates to choose from
Years ago, I was working so hard and running so fast, I started to disappear from my life and myself. And then I got sick, really sick. The kind of disease that’s so rare and so deadly, most doctors had no experience with it. There were no research dollars being spent to cure it, and no treatment plan. I was a single parent, an executive and a writer, but I had pushed writing aside until my body wouldn’t let me anymore. Author John Lee says the call to write is a call that’s received in the body first. For hundreds of years poets and writers have described the creative process as a physical urgency, a sense that things will fly apart if they don’t get the pencil to the page in time.
For me, things flew apart. I found my pen again.
And years later, when I was still gloriously alive, I began to realize that our bodies are like filing cabinets for our stories, and when we honor that, our stories flow out of us, spilling onto the page with the help of all our organs. Memories are stored in our lungs, lower back, liver and hearts. They live on our skin, our feet, our mouths and our sex organs. Nancy Mellon, author of Body Eloquence, tells us that “every organ embodies a purpose and has an influence that goes far beyond its biological function. As every organ contributes to your life story, it embodies a specific theme, holding its important piece in the cosmos’ great mysteries.”
“Let the body go.
Let it rise inside language
and shatter the story.”
— Lidia Yuknavitch
Translating the body into story
This writing course will help you decipher the language of your body, explore the deep relationship your body has to your ancestors, your organs and your body traumas. Through writing prompts and exercises, you will pull mine your body memories and magically turn them into compelling stories. Every day our bodies are adjusting to weather, aging, illness and exercise regimes. It adjusts to joy, grief and movement. When you pull your stories out and put them on the page, something magical happens.
Not only are you in a place of discovery, but your body is also listening to you.
We strive to balance our bodies every day – knowing they will never be in perfect balance, and yet our journey when it’s out of balance brings up all the big questions of psychology and philosophy. Examining our body experiences creates compelling stories in the tangible theatre of the body trying to thrive.
Writing from your body will introduce you to the great storyteller inside of you, looking at all the conflict in your organs and the adjustments you make on this challenging journey.
Guest Author John Lee – Writing From The Body – will talk with students
September 6th, 10:30 a.m. PST – an online hour talk with John
Guest author John Lee, author of Writing From the Body and best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, has written twenty-four books and appeared on Oprah, 20/20, CNN and NPR. John will be joining us for an hour talk to speak about the body’s relationship to creativity in an hour session online in a bonus session.
Known as the therapist’s therapist, John has been interviewed by Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other national and international magazines and radio talk shows.
John Lee with conduct a talk, offer writing prompts and conduct a thirty-minute Q & A with students. The session will be recorded for students who cannot attend.
Two and Three part Writing Exercises
In each class we will explore themes and include two and three part writing exercises – including making lists, writing letters to organs, pulling memories from our heart brains and exploring the way our liver is asking us for more. We will create compelling stories, exploring this long body journey through poetry, excerpts from literature and even the way our body responds to music and movement. A deeper exploration with one longer write each week, writers will be surprised by the way stories are pulled out of the universe of our bodies.
Inspiration for the Course
This course was inspired by my own journey in my body and using my body to pull out my best stories. Authors who have inspired me for this course are Rafael Campo, Anne Sexton, Nancy Mellon and John Lee and the many healing books in my personal library that speak to healing, epigenetics, biology, grief and mythology.
Literature inspiring the content of this course include Body Eloquence by Nancy Mellon, The Desire to Heal by Rafael Campo, Transformations by Anne Sexton and Writing from the Body by John Lee.
“By breaking free from the energy blocks we’ve been carrying, we come closer to our ultimate goal: to push beyond our limitations. Not to leave the body – that’s dissociation – but to go so far into the body that we write from the totality of who we are and always have been.
By embracing its stranglehold only the writing remains, jotting itself onto the page like rain falling into a river. To embrace our body’s truth is to embrace our past. There is no other way. The body is home too that has happened to us, and it remembers. If we engage in the process of remembering with full vigor, great riches emerge.”
— John Lee, Writing From the Body
In this writing course you will explore:
Fear and our Bodies
Bodies Break, what we learn
The Liver - it wants what it wants
Where your ancestors live
Conversations with my Body
The Lover - the pelvis, sex organs tongue
In this course writers will:
Explore body strengths & weaknesses
How to summon your storyteller
Empathy and Identity inside Story
The Poetry of Healing
Story dynamics that show up in organs
Writing Teacher: Laura Lentz
Author Laura Lentz has taught creative writing workshops online and on the north shore of Kauai for ten years. Her workbook, STORYquest, helps writers turn their story into a Hero’s Journey through 12-weeks of writing prompts and examples out of best selling books. Laura is also a developmental editor and helps writers expand their body of work through unique methods – offering challenging and thought provoking writing prompts inspired by poetry, mythology and segments from literature. Her exploratory writing workshops include Love, Skin and Eros, The Poetry Room, and STORYquest, Make Your Story a Hero’s Journey. Her 6-week workshops are online and on the north shore of Kauai. Workshop students have the unique opportunity to appear in an annual spoken word shows and in Literati Academy’s online magazine exclusively written by Literati Academy’s writing community in LITerari.us, Laura serves on the faculty of The Kauai Writers Conference and is conducting a Master Class for writers who want to write in sacred places on Kauai and allow Kauai’s beauty to influence their work.
Share Your Writing in a Private Facebook Page
Throughout the course, you will have access to up to thirty writers in a private Facebook page who are also taking this course – writing to the same course material. You will share in a private Facebook group, and receive positive feedback from your peers.
ONLINE – SOLD OUT
Aug. 15th — Sept. 19th
4 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
ONLINE – SOLD OUT
Aug. 20th – Sept. 24th
4:00 p.m. PST — 6:30 p.m.
ONLINE – SOLD OUT
Aug. 18th – Sept. 22
10:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
KAUAI – SOLD OUT
Aug. 21st – Sept. 25th