Pleasure, Illness, and Memory: The Art of Embodied Writing, with Arya Samuelson

So often as writers, we are hindered by abstraction, a step or two removed from the experiences and feelings we are trying to convey.  In this 6-week workshop, we’ll explore the art and process of embodied writing, both on the page and as a way to put together a larger story. Through generative in-class practice, weekly craft readings, and regular assignments, we’ll learn how to inhabit vivid, sensory scenes, how to write trauma and dissociation, and how to bring the reader more fully and sensually into our work.  We’ll look at masters like Toni Morrison, Carmen Maria Machado, Elissa Washuta, and Porochista Khakpour, studying how they weave their attention to the body into full-length works. Participants will receive written instructor feedback on one short piece, and have the opportunity to read work aloud in each class and receive supportive reflections from the group. This generative class is especially recommended for anyone working on fiction or memoir that deals with trauma, illness, addiction, grief, desire, sexuality, or any project where you’re looking to strengthen the reader’s visceral connection to your characters and their embodied experiences. This workshop will take place online and/or in-person at our Florence studio. 

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST; 6-week session begins March 21st ($325)

Arya Samuelson is the winner of the CutBank’s 2019 Montana Prize in Non-Fiction, awarded by Cheryl Strayed. Her work has also been published or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Columbia Journal, New Delta ReviewEntropyThe Millions, The Manifest-Station, and elsewhere. She is a proud graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program from Mills College and has been studying at Lidia Yuknavitch’s school of Corporeal Writing since 2017. She teaches with LitReactor, Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop, and through her own teaching series, Writing as Ritual. Arya writes across all genres and is currently working on a novel. Her website is

Arya Samuelson