Wound Dwelling: Befriending Our Body(ies) through Story
“This is why I write: to unfold the electrical mat of my nervous system. The nerves all blue, red and yellow with flaring nodes. This is my cyborg text. It is planar. It is a substitute for other forms or speech, or intimacy.”
What does it mean to have deep wounds that are almost beyond language? Beyond words? What does it mean to always try to find words anyway? How can we move into this writing the unwritable, this way of knowing that is in the deep well of the body?
In this two hour workshop, we will give language to the stories living in our bodies through somatic exercises, reading other writer’s work, prompted writing exercises, and time to share for anyone who wants to share. (No pressure though!) In writing, there is freedom as writing never has to look one way but first we need to let go of what writing “should” look like; move back into what the body knows writing can be.
Please bring your snacks, your tea or water, a notebook and pen (or laptop works too!), your pillows or blankets for comfort. Whatever will help you feel supported in this deep work is welcome. Please join us if you struggle to write, if you struggle to make sense of the trauma you’ve experienced, if you feel disconnected from your body. Please join if you want to dive more deeply into the stories you are holding, if you want to start a writing practice or even just want to try it once. There is room for you here with us.
ASL & Spanish Translation will be made available upon request.