Hazel Reading Series

Special Event: Dec 7, 2014


Dear ______: An Epistolary Writing Workshop

In collaboration with the incredibly wonderful literary organization Hedgebrook, Hazel is delighted to announce our very special December event: an epistolary workshop led by Arisa White (yes, the very same Arisa White who brought down the house at our last reading) on Sunday, December 7th at 3:30 pm, at the California Institute of Integral Studies campus. More information about the workshop, Arisa and Hedgebrook is below. You can reserve your spot right here, and hurry! Space is limited.

Thanks to De La Paz Coffee, we’ll stay extra cozy but alert! And we’ll ply you with snacks to keep you going.

Meet you there?

Workshop Details

In this writing workshop, participants will experience the liberatory effects that epistolary writing can have on their individual voice. They will take in consideration the aesthetic qualities of storytelling, with the direct address of letter writing, and explore the necessary rhetorical devices to express their unspoken truth. Discussion, mindfulness activities, and generative writing exercises will help to guide participants through the composition of their own epistle.

If participants write letters addressed to an estranged or absent father, they will have an opportunity to submit their letters for publication and receive a copy of dear Gerald, written by Arisa White. dear Gerald is a self-publication of 33 epistolary poems, addressed to White’s estranged father, who she last encountered over 30 years ago. dear Gerald has been funded by the Center for Cultural Innovation; to learn more about the project, visit http://atoguyana.wordpress.com/dear-gerald-letter-submissions/.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, which has been adapted into an opera. Her full-length collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved were published in 2012. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry and was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards. Member of the PlayGround writers’ pool, her play Frigidare was staged for the 15th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival. One of the founding editors of HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Arisa has received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Headlands Center for the Arts, Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, an advisory board member for Flying Object, and a BFA faculty member at Goddard College. Her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet. Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her wife. arisawhite.com

Hedgebrook is a literary nonprofit that supports the work of visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Founded in 1988, Hedgebrook hosts a global community of writers, close to 1,600 in 26 years, at our Whidbey Island retreat. Our programs empower women writers through exceptional workshops and connect their work with thousands of book-lovers and audiences each year through readings, screenings, events, salons, publications and festivals. For more information about Hedgebrook’s programs and upcoming events, check out www.hedgebrook.org. Hedgebrook is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To support Arisa’s project, please consider a sliding scale donation of $15-25 :)

Seating is limited so to ensure your place, please register here.

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, Room 607
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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