Come listen to PNBA Award winner Lidia Yuknavitch.
What are narrative strategies that animate the body rather than disappear the body under cover of character, action, and plot? How might sexuality be written as a territory where narrative and the body generate new meanings? Whose body story counts and for what? How is desire endlessly rewriting us? Four writers whose work in multiple genres moves from the body under endless revision address how desire, power, and sexuality write us alive or dead. Featuring Garth Greenwell, Carmen Maria Machado, Alexander Chee, and Lidia Yuknavitch
F248. A Reading and Conversation with Erica Jong, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Raymond Luczak, Sponsored by Red Hen Press
In the 21st century, where has the story gone? Are we living and writing a whole new narrative? Paying attention to characters we didn't notice, seeing what's wrong with heroes and saints, and embracing outlaws and fighters for truth? Stories take on new shapes as we move into the future.
“Writing and the body” are at the heart of both Lidia and Jen’s work so they decided to join forces and create a space where you can safely listen to and interpret the things our bodies tell us. This workshop will be non- traditional and, as Lidia says, will explore how stories and their forms can come from corporeal places, not just literary traditions and MFA programs.
We will do yoga (you do not have to be good at yoga or know it all) in order to open the body in Jen’s workshops and we will write about the body in Lidia’s workshops. Combining movement and writing moves you into a deeper space that allows words take over. Expect to flow, sweat, sing, write, dance and laugh as you let go of what is no longer serving you. Manifest what you want in your life.
You do not have to be a published or experienced writer or yogi- we are looking for people who have heart. You have a desire to write? You have a body? Then this weekend is for you.
Seeds. Planting. Budding. Growth. Composting. Renewal, remembering, remaking. Shared work, discussion, bring your body, your writing, your art, and a willingness to leave your comfort zone. We will blow your existing work up as well as open up future options you didn’t even know were there – everything you’ve ever written has at least five more ideas in it.
THE NITTY GRITTY: limited to 12 participants. Each participant may submit up to 10 double-spaced pages for feedback; each participant is also responsible for reading all pages from group and participating in verbal feedback collaboration. Participants must submit their work two weeks ahead of workshop; Lidia will provide us with some alternative reading, commenting, and feedback instructions.
We’ve all had them: dates that go terribly, hilariously awry. After hearing these personal stories, you’ll leave either feeling grateful for your current relationship or with the realization that being single isn’t so bad after all.
Join Pam, Cheryl, and Lidia (plus surprises) as they share stories, conversation, inspirational moments, and insights. It’s like a slumber party, without the sleeping part.
The three New York Times Best Selling Authors will get real and intimate on a range of topics and encourage the audience to participate.
Color. Changes in light, leaves, life. Meditation. Observation. In this generative workshop we will develop your key primary metaphors embedded in how you experience your life physically. Don’t worry—I know how to find them. From these metaphors we will develop seeds of texts (poetic, fiction, nonfiction, or mixed genre) for future expansion in your writing and artmaking life.
Readings from Elizabeth Acevedo, Lauren Brazeal, Stacey Tran, Nicole Chung, Sophia Shalmiyev, and Lidia Yuknavitch. Marissa Korbel will host.
SNC Tahoe’s Writers in the Woods brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for intimate readings and workshops, where audience members can meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.
Reading: Friday, 7 – 9pm, Prim Library FREE
Workshop: Saturday, 10am – noon (Registration Required)
Free for students, $50 for community members
Since 1851, The New York Times Obituary desk has published thousands of eulogies, most of them recounting the lives and achievements of remarkable white males. Our new series “Overlooked” seeks to right the wrongs of omission by writing the stories of incredible women and minorities who were left out of The Times’s obit pages.
To celebrate the series, The Times and PEN America invite you to a live reading and conversation on surfacing these forgotten stories. Join series editor Amy Padnani, Timesreporter Nikita Stewart, and best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to discuss the series’s impact in the era of the #MeToo movement and beyond. Times Assistant Managing Editor Monica Drake will moderate a discussion about the power of the written record—from its omissions to its inclusions—and the work of maintaining it.
The evening features special appearances by Francis Ford Coppola, Atsuko Okatsuka, Michele Selene Ang, Storm Reid, and guests to read from “Overlooked.” The event will be followed by a cocktail reception hosted by Great Women Spirits by Francis Ford Coppola, beverages celebrating women who defied social conventions and made history.
Come write with Lidia Yuknavitch at the Oregon Coast in this special oceanside retreat. Space is limited so book your spot soon.
When we’re born, our bodies are approximately 78 percent water. The ocean, source, water being is also in a state of trauma just now that corresponds to all kinds of personal crises; the environmental and the emotional are in relationship. Whatever the ocean is or isn’t, we are part of it. In this collaborative we will write alongside the ocean, and explore the ways in which our creativity kisses and moves through life waters. Friday night we will talk through our relationships to the ocean (fear, joy, pleasure, pain, anger, etc...all emotions).
Lidia Yuknavitch talks to Laurie Penny
A group of rebels has united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. The future of humanity is being rewritten. Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.
Lidia Yuknavitch in conversation with Evelyn O'Rourke
Oregon-based Lidia Yuknavitch re-imagines the myth of Joan of Arc in her bestselling novel The Book of Joan. A riveting tale of destruction and love transports the reader into a world of endless war, raising questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender and the role of art as a means for survival.
‘A dystopian, feminist tale… Remarkable… The tension in this literary mash-up builds towards an action-packed climax.’ The Irish Times.
There is no other literary voice like Lidia Yuknavitch’s. She is a “bold and ecstatic writer” (NPR), a writer’s writer, “a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep” (Lenny Letter). The author of the award-winning speculative feminist novel “The Book of Joan” and the hypnotic memoir “The Chronology of Water” has experienced domestic violence, struggles with substance abuse, bouts of homelessness, and the loss of a child. In a raw, fearless voice she interrogates conformity, love, sex, the body, memory, and writing itself and inspires her readers with the courage to live (and write) fully. A protege of Ken Kesey and inspired by Kathy Acker, she is a self-proclaimed “misfit” and has penned a book, enhanced by interviews, called “The Misfit’s Manifesto.” Come hear her calls for authenticity in life and literature.
Moral Culpability in Global Crises
From America to Cuba to a dystopian world, at first glance these novels seem like a whirlwind trip through worlds that could not be more different. Yet, novelists Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan), Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), and Achy Obejas(The Tower of the Antilles) show that no matter the setting, characters share common struggles. Across time and place, these protagonists search for their role in a crisis larger than themselves – whether as rebel fighters in a futuristic police-state, Jewish-Americans coping with the conflict in the Middle East, and Cubans haunted by the islands they inhabit. Moderated by Michele Filgate.