SAFTA

Workshops

The Sundress Academy for the Arts hosts the Sundress Workshop Series, a series of creative arts workshops emphasizing composition, revision, and creative development. As part of Sundress Publications, the Sundress Workshop Series provide focused, personalized instruction to writers of all skill levels. Participants are treated to guidance from advanced instructors who help them to not only hone their craft but also find suitable venues for their work.

Mother, Monster: Writing the Truths About Difficult Family Relationships

Mother, Monster: Writing the Truths About Difficult Family Relationships

September 14, 6:00-7:30PM EST
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The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present Mother, Monster: Writing the Truths About Difficult Family Relationships, a workshop led by Joan Kwon Glass on September 14, 2022, from 6-7:30 PM. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: safta).

Marguerite Duras once said, “Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.” In this 90-minute generative workshop, we will draw inspiration from work of writers like Rachel McKibbens, Eugenia Leigh and Warsan Shire, in order to do a deep dive into difficult family relationships. What monsters do we recognize in our family members? How do they reflect/differ from our demons? How do we write about those we are tied to by blood and/or name, when they are the source of pain? How do we write about the things we may not want to acknowledge, or that which we have not yet fully realized? Using generative writing prompts, the facilitator will lead writers on a journey of investigation and revelation.

While there is no fee to participate in this workshop, those who are able and appreciative may make donations directly to Joan Kwon Glass via Venmo @Joan-Glass-2 or via PayPal to joanpglass@gmail.com.

Joan Kwon Glass (she/her) is the Korean American author of Night Swim (Diode Editions, 2022). She is also author of three chapbooks, serves as Editor-in-Chief for Harbor Review & poetry editor for West Trestle Review. Joan is a proud Smith College graduate & has been a public school educator for 20 years. Her poems have recently been published or are forthcoming in RHINO, Rattle, The Rupture, Nelle, Diode, & many others, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net. Follow her on Twitter @joanpglass & see her website.

What Follows in the Blood; Writing Generational Grief Through Pop Horror

What Follows in the Blood; Writing Generational Grief Through Pop Horror

October 12, 6:00-7:30PM EST
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The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present What Follows in the Blood; Writing Generational Grief Through Pop Horror, a workshop led by Kay E. Bancroft on October 12, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: safta).

When we think of the “final girl” we associate their survival with that of successfully defeating or evading the clutches of a killer, plague, or natural force. But what if their survival also hinges on their ability to evade and eviscerate the inherited mistakes of their family? In this 90-minute generative workshop, writers will investigate “final girls” from Sidney Prescott to Nancy Thompson who serve as visible icons of breaking familial cycles and write towards and through their traditions to explore generational grief.

While there is no fee to participate in this workshop, those who are able and appreciative may make donations directly to Kay E. Bancroft  via Venmo @Kay-E-Bancroft-9 or via CashApp $KayEBancroft9

Kay E. Bancroft (they/them) is a queer non-binary poet, educator, editor, and reviewer from Cincinnati, OH. They hold an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Randolph College, and a BA from the University of Cincinnati. They serve as Poetry reader for Frontier Poetry and Poetry/Hybrid reader for Longleaf Review. You can find their writing in Voicemail Poems, Hooligan Magazine‘s “Spilled Ink,” Cotton Xenomorph, Longleaf Review, The Rumpus, Beyond Queer Words, and more. Explore their work at kayebancroftpoet.com

 

won't you celebrate with me: The Power of Joy in Poetry

won’t you celebrate with me: The Power of Joy in Poetry

November 9, 6:00-7:30PM EST
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The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present “won’t you celebrate with me: The Power of Joy in Poetry,” a workshop led by Topaz Winters on November 9, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: safta).

In this workshop, we’ll examine the often-fleeting presence of joy in poetry. Must a poem be explicitly “happy” to hold joy? In the context of a culture that often prizes suffering as a prerequisite to creating meaningful & lasting work, what political & personal relevance does joy assume? Is joy frivolous as a topic of study in relation to poetic craft or does examining it too closely diminish its value? When our gut reactions to expressions of emotion are embarrassment or awkwardness, what does it mean to write poems that unapologetically inhabit their joy? We’ll consider the driving emotions behind a poet’s body of work, discuss joy as a tool of dissent in history & art, brainstorm ways to cultivate joy as a consistent habit in daily life & in a writing practice, & touch on the emotional nuance of allowing room for joy & suffering to coexist.

While there is no fee to participate in this workshop, those who are able and appreciative may make donations directly to Topaz Winters via Venmo @topazwinters or via PayPal to topaz.winters@gmail.com.

Topaz Winters is the Singaporean-American author of three poetry collections (most recently So, Stranger, Button Poetry, 2022). She is the founder & editor-in-chief of the independent publishing house & literary journal Half Mystic. Her poems are published in diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Puritan, & Hobart, & have been featured by The Straits Times, American Banker, the National University of Singapore, the Boston Poetry Slam, the Center for Fiction, & the Academy of American Poets. Topaz is 22 years old & studies Creative Writing, Italian, & Visual Art at Princeton University. You can find more of her work at topazwinters.com.

Narrative Medicine

Narrative Medicine

December 14, 6:00-7:30PM EST
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The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present Narrative Medicine, a workshop led by Allison Coffelt on December 14, 2022, from 6-7:30 PM. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: safta).

In this workshop, we will introduce the field of narrative medicine and read and write together. We will explore how the skills of close reading and witnessing connect to the narrative medicine principles of attention, representation, and affiliation. This session is ideal for people who are in and around caregiving and health care, broadly defined—and welcomes those who are newer to writing and expressive arts. Together we will create an environment in which we tap into our innate creativity, and then draw connections between that creativity and care work.

While there is no fee to participate in this workshop, those who are able and appreciative may make donations directly to Allison Coffelt via Venmo @allisoncoffelt

Allison Coffelt is an author and teacher working at the intersection of health and humanities. Her writing and audio production has been featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association, BMJ Medical Humanities, NPR’s KBIA-FM, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is the author of the award-winning book, Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti. Coffelt is a SAFTA alumnx and holds an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and an MA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Missouri. She teaches at Columbia University and Baypath University’s MFA.