Exploring Grief Through Experimental, Hybrid, and Lyric Writing
Have you ever wondered what form grief can take in writing? In this workshop, we'll look at experimental and hybrid forms as well as the lyric essay as both vehicles that provide an access point to emotional depth as well as a way to give voice to the unspeakable. What does hybrid writing offer us that traditional creative nonfiction sometimes cannot?
In the first half of this all-day seminar, we'll look at and discuss how grief disrupts, enhances, and shows up for writers like Kate Zambreno, Lia Purpura, Maggie Nelson, Eula Biss, Stephen Kuusisto, and Roland Barthes. We'll discuss some of the techniques and hallmarks of experimental writing, such as wordplay, meaningful and purposeful use of whitespace, unusual forms, the relationship between form and content, punctuation, style, sound, metaphor, and simile, among others. We'll also examine an excerpt from Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, to illuminate the striking differences between grief in memoir versus grief in the lyric essay. During the second half of the seminar, we'll do some writing in response to several exercises based on our own personal grief-filled or difficult experiences. Open to writers of all levels and genres.
*There will be an hour-long lunch break from 1-2pm. Lunch is NOT provided, but we are right in downtown Williamsburg which is in walking distance to a number of great restaurants and grocery stores! We can provide recommendations too.
NIKKI A. SAMBITSKY earned her MFA in creative writing, specifically focusing on lyric/fragment essay (creative nonfiction) from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA creative writing program. Mrs. Sambitsky holds a BA in journalism from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently working on her collection of lyric/fragment essays, which center on mental illness, her family, and two autistic children. Mrs. Sambitsky enjoys writing essays that explore family, family issues, and autism. Her journalism work and creative nonfiction has appeared in many publications includingThe Helix, Gravel Magazine, and West Hartford Magazine. She lives with her husband, two children, and way too many animals in a peaceful, rural, area of Connecticut.
WHEN: Saturday, December 1 (1-4pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, in Williamsburg MA