Writing Illness & the Body (with Dennis James Sweeney)
As Virginia Woolf writes in “On Being Ill,” the experience of illness seems to evade description. How is it possible to write the infinite fact of a body? This class will expand on the themes of last fall’s “Writing Illness and the Body” with a look into the function of writing in our own personal lives, especially as it confronts an illness, disability, or other embodied fact. We will ask not only what writing can do to help us, but also how it can work beyond questions of help and healing. What does it mean to carve an embodied life into words? Why do we want to engage in writing about disability and illness? And how do we go on when we simply can’t anymore, when we have run out of writing?
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
DENNIS JAMES SWEENEY's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Crazyhorse, Five Points, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, and The Southern Review, among others. He is a Small Press Editor of Entropy, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a former Fulbright fellow in Malta. Originally from Cincinnati, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. He is the author of the chapbooks Poems About Moss, THREATS, What They Took Away, and Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted. Find him online at www.dennisjamessweeney.com
WHEN: 3 Hours: Saturday, May 23 ( 1 - 4pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg MA*
*Directions: Specific directions to our Williamsburg classroom, as well as other info, will be emailed to all registered participants 2 - 5 days before the class.
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