WRITING THE FORBIDDEN
In this one-week class we will work to produce 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. Readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. At the end of the course, you will receive a detailed, written response to your work. Everyone welcome.
What students had to say:
"I absolutely loved my instructor! She was engaged and helpful throughout the entire process and I greatly appreciated her thoughtful engagement with my work and my classmates. She answered all our questions and was thoughtful in all her responses to our work. I am so grateful I took this course and I hope to take another one given by Jennifer in the future."
"She treated workshop participants in our small class as serious writers and equals, and brought both lightheartedness and gravity to all that we read and learned. Sometimes, in workshops, you leave uncertain of what to do next, or you feel more or less the same as you did when you began. That was not the case in Jennifer's class. I'm incredibly grateful to have studied with her, and I would jump (again and again!) at the chance to attend another workshop of hers."
Jennifer Tseng is the author of three award-winning poetry collections; a collection of flash fiction, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and a novel, Mayumi & the Sea of Happiness, finalist for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. In addition to teaching for 24PearlSt, Tseng is a Visiting Core Faculty member of OSU-Cascades' Low Residency MFA program. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.