Writing on the Edge

Writing on the Edge

Wendy C. Ortiz
Week 6: July 16 to July 21
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Open to All
Registration Open
Workshop Full: Waiting List may be available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

"Edgework," as defined by one online dictionary, is “behavior at the edge of what is normally allowed or accepted; risky or radical behavior.” Our week together will be spent looking at how the definitive and formative experiences of our lives are often experienced “at the edge” and how we might evoke and translate the exhilarating, sometimes painful, and often transformative power of our personal experiences at the edge into our writing. This workshop will be generative and collaborative with an emphasis on experiments. Attention will be given to the (personal, physical, mental, emotional) energy required to write memoir.

Please bring to the workshop your preferred writing materials and an openness to homework and suggested further reading.


WENDY C. ORTIZ is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir, Bruja. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Hazlitt, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.