Elemental Writing: "We Are All Bodies of Water," with Arya Samuelson

Our bodies are always in deep relationship with the world around us. In this new series, we will explore how to write the body by drawing resource and power from elemental forces, the cyclical nature of seasons, and the resilience of the earth. For this initiatory workshop, we will write into our earliest memories and relationships to water, along with all the emotions they bring forth. Weather pending, we will also visit the river across the street from Writers in Progress for an experiential meditation around water, language, and story structure. This is a cross-genre, highly experimental, and generative in-person class. Throughout, we will Splash, Flow, and Cascade onto the page, generating new ripples of language and storytelling that will continue on past the workshop. 

Saturday, September 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST ($125)

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 www.aryasamuelson.com.

Arya Samuelson