Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Melissa Febos Body Work: A Generative Nonfiction Seminar July 7 to July 12, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir Advanced On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
This Workshop Is Full

In this generative seminar we will explore the practice of writing from intimate personal experience and the embodied nature of that practice. As writers, we cannot create dynamic textual bodies without considering the corporeal ones that inhabit our stories. It is through the body that we perceive the world, encounter other beings, and in which we percolate even the most abstract ideas. It is in physical bodies that we live political realities. Together we will examine the craft and content of embodied nonfiction texts—those that articulate and transmit bodily realities of gender, sexuality, violence, eroticism, and all manner of sensory experience—generate our own writings, and discuss the challenges and rewards of publishing such work.



Melissa Febos is the bestselling author of four books, including Girlhood, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. Her awards and fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lambda Literary, the National Endowment for the Arts, the British Library, the Black Mountain Institute, the Bogliasco Foundation, and others. Her work has recently appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Essays, and Vogue. Febos is a full professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

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