LIVE via ZOOM: 11am-1pm
Trusting our instincts when it comes to voice and perspective is essential in creating vital narrative. For whom are we writing? What do we hope our stories will achieve once they no longer belong to us? What are we scared of, and how do we find the temerity to push through? If we can construct an imagining of the ideal reader, we can often begin to trust ourselves more, opening up reserves of courage and boldness as we strive to be present for vulnerability and openness and truth in our expression. One of the ways we can court or conjure this ideal reader is to become better readers, ourselves, with wider and deeper points of literary reference. In this generative workshop, we’ll practice reading and writing with empathy and openness, sharpening our perception and giving ourselves and each other safe space to grow.
Elisa Albert is the author of the novels Human Blues (forthcoming in 2022), After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, and the short story collection How This Night is Different. Her fiction and essays have been published in Tin House, Bennington Review, The New York Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Philip Roth Studies, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Longreads, The Cut, Time Magazine, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Washington Square, The Rumpus, The Believer and in many anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, Bennington College, Texas State University, and University of Maine. A Pushcart Prize nominee, finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize and Paterson Fiction Prize, winner of the Moment Magazine debut fiction prize, and Literary Death Match champion, Albert has served as Writer-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Holland and at the Hanse-Wissenschaftkolleg in Germany.