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Writing the Body 4-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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Writing the Body 4-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Monday, May 22nd, 2023

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Begins Monday, May 22nd, 2023

Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Monday, 6:00PM EST - 8:00PM EST).

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Led by Paulina Pinsky, writer, educator, and writing coach. She is the co-author of It Doesn't Have To Be Awkward, a teen guide to consent, forthcoming from HMH this September. Her personal essays have been featured in Narratively, Human Parts, Slackjaw Humor, Columbia Journal, and HuffPo Women, among others.

Elaine Scarry wrote, “to have great pain is to have certainty; to hear that another person has pain is to have doubt." Why is the pain of another intangible? Does one have to experience something themselves in order to believe it? Or do we, as writers and readers, gain access to lived experiences that vary from our own?

How does one conjure the lived experience of living in a body on the page? The sensations of living in a body-- pain, pleasure, desire-- define our day-to-day lives. And yet, the way to illustrate that reality is illusive.

In this four week workshop, we will focus on three themes: Pain, Sexuality, and Hunger. Through exploring various texts and writing pieces that focus on the sensation of living in a body, each student will gain deeper insight into how to conjure the body in their writing, no matter the genre.

We’ll meet weekly on Zoom for two hours-- one hour of discussion, one hour of workshop. Prepare for this course to be reading and discussion heavy.

Additionally, expect to walk away having workshopped one piece. Through vigorous discussion and reading examples, writers will gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which they explore their own bodily experience, in addition to new ways to diversify their perspective.

  • Students will walk away with a sound understanding of various ways to render the body: metaphorically, symbolically, and realistically.
  • Students will have the opportunity to workshop up to twenty pages.
  • Students will gain a clearer and stronger sense of their writing sensibilities, in addition to direction on how to further strengthen their craft.
  • Audre Lorde, "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power"
  • Selected poetry by Lucille Clifton
  • Elaine Scarry, “The Body in Pain”
  • Mary Karr, "Cherry"
  • Franz Kafka, “The Hunger Artist”
  • Jeannette Winterson, “Written on the Body"
  • Rebbeca Brown, “The Gifts of the Body”
  • Lucy Grealey, “Autobiography of a Face”

This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Paulina Pinsky

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • The workshop starts May 22nd, 2023

  • Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Mondays from 6:00PM - 8:00PM EST.

Instructor Paulina Pinsky is a writer and educator based in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she currently teaches comedy writing to high schoolers. She is the co-author of IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE AWKWARD, forthcoming from HMH September 2021. She has been published in Narratively, Human Parts, Columbia Journal, Slackjaw Humor, and HuffPo Women.