In this four-week workshop you will write the living daylights out of that thing that writes the living daylights out of you. What, like a fixed star, is at the center of your heart? What is your hobbyhorse, your idee fixe, your charge? What hangs you up and infatuates? What haunts you? As a point of entry into this workshop, begin to consider what keeps you. Is it something like god, or a birthmark, or an old love, or stones, or someone famous, or snow, or freedom, or triangles, or crying? Writing and reading assignments will guide you into your obsession so that you become more fluent in the parts of its landscape that mystify you. Bring your shovels. We’re going to go deep. Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and everything in between are WELCOME. To keep us company we will read Franz Kafka, Bruno Schulz, Donald Barthelme, Gertrude Stein, Lucie Brock-Broido, Samuel Beckett, Mary Ruefle, and others.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk, her first book of fiction, is recently out from Dorothy, a publishing project. Happily, which began as a monthly column on fairytales and motherhood in The Paris Review, is forthcoming from Random House in 2023. She has received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She lives in Athens, Georgia.