Altered States: A Multi-Genre Workshop

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Wendy C. Ortiz
Week 10: August 11 to August 16
ORIENTATION: August 11, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 12-16, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Multi-Genre
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

Writers of all genres often contend with writing about experiences that take us out of our bodies or, alternately, deeper into our bodies. We'll read and discuss selected poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that successfully captures the following bodily encounters: sex, dissociation, substances, and extreme physical activity that pushes a body to its limits. Then we'll experiment with writing in these “sub-genres.” This workshop will be generative and collaborative with an emphasis on experiments. Please bring to the workshop your preferred writing materials and an openness to homework and suggested further reading.


Wendy C. Ortiz will also teach an online workshop for the Work Center called "Writing on the Edge: A Multi-Genre Workshop." For more information, click here.




Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, the prose poem memoir Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her writing has appeared or been profiled in a number of places including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, Joyland, FENCE, and McSweeney’s. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.