Our Bodies; Our Words Writing Workshop

*Featured artwork by Michel Carluccio

Our Bodies, Our Words: A Day of Writing and Storytelling

A Full Day Online Class

New Date:

Friday, September 9, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Class Full

Time: 10am-3pm EST

The vessels we know to be our physical selves have stories to tell, whether we reflect on the past, consider the present, or wonder about the future.

In this workshop, you will explore your relationship with your body–the way your body controls you and the way you try to take control over your body. We also consider viewpoints of other writers on writing about the body, such as  Roxanne Gay, Lucille Clifton, Ellen Bass, Melissa Febos, Jaquira Díaz, Kiese Laymon, Frank Bruni, Malika Favre, Pierro Percocco and others.

Remember your first broken bone or when illness has taken over your body? Remember being a child and rejoicing in our bodies–our nakedness? When did we learn to hide our bodies and feel shame?

How do current personal, social, and political realities prompt thinking and feeling about your body? How did Covid affect the way you viewed or treated your body? How does your gender identity affect the way you view your body?

And what about wonder, speculation, and fantasy? Where might our bodies take us in the days, weeks, and years to come?

Here’s a chance to gather online, write, share and think together about a topic that is bound to yield rich written selections and curiosities. These days, when touch may be scarce and ideas about health and vulnerability seem endless, it is a chance to slow down, document, and wonder.

This is a generative workshop open to writers of all levels. Limited to ten students.

This is Full Day Online Class

New Date:

Friday, September 9, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Class Full

Time: 10am-3pm EST

Fee: $150

Meet Your Instructor:
Kathy Curto teaches at Sarah Lawrence College/The Writing Institute, Montclair State University, and The Writers’ Circle as well as several nonprofit organizations and community centers in the metropolitan area. She is the author of Not for Nothing-Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, on NPR, in the anthology Listen to Your Mother:  What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in Barrelhouse, Oh Reader, The Mom Egg Review, Drift and Talking Writing among others.  Her piece, “Still Cooking Side by Side ”, considered a “Modern Love in miniature” by The New York Times, was included in The Best of Tiny Love Stories in August 2021. Kathy lives with her family in the Hudson Valley.  Please visit: www.kathycurto.com.

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“I thought the course was fantastic and really liked the instructor (something that doesn’t always happen).  She provided an engaging environment but was very clear about the structure and goals of the class.  The prompts were excellent and demonstrated how I can become a more “embodied” writer. I would recommend this class to all writers who wish to sink deeper into their writing.” -Julia G.

“The material was thought-provoking and inspirational as was the topic itself. Instead of memoir as a whole–with its infinite possibilities–the focus on the body was intriguing and more manageable. The instructor helped with our growth as writers by offering great prompts and the opportunity to share our work with the class if we so wished. She was also very encouraging; her enthusiasm is quite contagious. Finally, she is simply very knowledgeable and passionate about her topic and writing in general. well spent day with a wonderful instructor. ” -Michelle B.

“My primary goal was to literally loosen up and have a more physical experience in my writing. I had a wonderful experience using Kathy’s exercises which kept me grounded in physical sensation. Kathy established a safe space for sharing and I took advantage and shared my work. I definitely feel this class would be helpful to others.”  -Carol F.

“I continue to be amazed by the amount of preparation you do for our class, the depth of your knowledge about so many authors, your insight into the writing process, and your skill and enthusiasm for teaching. You are truly an inspiration!” -DL

“It was really reflective; I am thankful for Professor Curto and the safe environment she tried to create for the class. It was really important to feel comfortable in a class formatted like this, and she did a great job providing that for everyone.” -MSU

“I thought Kathy Curto was a terrific teacher. She creates a caring and supportive and inspiring writing environment that helped me produce writing I could further work on. I also thought that this quality she has helped others in the class respond constructively to the feedback aspect of the class. It also helped all of us write from our hearts.” -Student 2021

“Kathy is so present and attentive and generous with her time. She creates a safe and warm environment for her students. A great teacher.”  -Student 2021

Once the payment process is completed, you will receive an automatic confirmation of your order. Your workshop instructor will then e-mail you to introduce themselves within 10 business days about the workshop starting information and instructions for accessing the learning platform.

Making Your Payment: We accept payments by credit card and via PayPal.

Refund Policy: There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. Memoir Magazine will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time. Memoir Magazine University cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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A NYS licensed arts educator, Michel received a BA (Bennington College) and MFA (Hunter College) and has taught art to students throughout the NYC public school system since1995. She has also taught extensively with nonprofits including Studio In a School and is an art content contributor for Scholastic Arts magazine. She is the founder of SUPA Students Uplifted by the Power of Art. Find out more at https://www.supakids.art/about

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