Writing the Forbidden

Writing the Forbidden

Jennifer Tseng
September 25 to September 29, 2017
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1-Week Intensive

In this one-week intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e. trauma, ecstasy, poverty, wealth, sexuality, aging, mental illness, family secrets etc.); some feel forbidden to write about people different than themselves; for others, certain forms are forbidden. Whatever your forbidden territory is, I encourage you to visit it with curiosity and attention. We will proceed as a group of risk-takers together, none of us traveling to precisely the same place, but all of us keeping one another company on the journey. I will emphasize intuitive methods and ask you to cleave to what makes your secret heart beat faster. Daily readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. At the end of the week, you will receive a detailed, written response to your work. Everyone welcome.

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Jennifer Tseng is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her most recent books are a story collection, The Passion of Woo and Isolde, and the prize-winning poetry chapbook, Not so dear Jenny. Her poetry collections include The Man With My Face and Red Flower, White Flower. Her novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, was a finalist for the New England Book Award and shortlisted for the PEN Prize for Debut Fiction.  She teaches year-round for the Fine Arts Work Center's online writing program.