Keeping the Channel Open, with Arya Samuelson
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost…. You have to keep the channel open.” – Martha Graham
This workshop is dedicated to keeping the creative channel open through practice, curiosity, and community. They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so we’ll commit to 21 days of daily writing, to unlearn habits of inhibition and create new grooves that allow your imagination and artistry to flow. Daily writing, in response to a “portal” – dynamic launching points for your writing – will be posted in Google Classrooms and will receive informal feedback from instructor and peers. Weekly in-person sessions will anchor our class, offering a chance to come together for communal writing, process-based reflections, and ample in-person feedback from your peers and instructor.
This workshop is for anyone who has been feeling stuck, censored, or simply worn-down by the prospect of writing. Writers will emerge from this class with an abundance of new ideas, a strong writing practice that sparks daily inspiration, community connections with fellow writers, and a renewed confidence in your own writing process.
This workshop will be held in-person with an online option.
Four Monday nights, 6-8 pm, November 14, – December 5, 2022 ($225)
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 in Columbia Journal, New Delta Review, Entropy, The 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.Ary