The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present "Writing the Body," a workshop led by Arya Samuelson on April 14, 2021 from 6-7:30PM. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: Safta).
Our bodies are made of stories. Heat. Sensation. Illness. Spasms. Tears. Even in numbness or dissociation, the body speaks.
Writing the body is one of the most powerful ways to draw in a reader. As soon as someone names a sensation—an ear twitch, a quickened pulse, the ache of longing in a shoulder—we can practically feel it as our own. Together, we'll explore how to tap into the body's language and unearth its stories. We'll explore writing the body as a process, on the page, and as a way to put together a story. No matter your writing background, ambitions, or genre, this class will help you tap into your embodied wisdom and discover new stories waiting to be told.
While there is no fee for this workshop, those who are able and appreciative can make direct donations to Arya via Venmo @Ariana-Samuelson or PayPal with email address email@example.com.
Arya Samuelson was awarded CutBank's 2019 Montana Prize in Non-Fiction, judged by Cheryl Strayed. Her work has also been published in Columbia Journal, New Delta Review, Entropy, and The Millions. She began teaching online writing classes in 2020 and has been thrilled and humbled by the transformations catalyzed for her students. Arya now teaches online writing classes at LitReactor, Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, and through her own teaching series, Writing as Ritual. Arya is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at Mills College and is currently working on a novel about Jewish migration, the messiness of desire, and the strength of women’s ancestral song. Beyond her day job and writing, you can find Arya making herbal medicines, singing, studying somatic therapies, or scouting adorable dogs in her nearby parks. She currently lives in Northampton, MA. You can learn more at www.aryasamuelson.com.
Thank you to the Tennessee Arts Commission for making this event possible.