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Muscle Memory: Writing About the Body in CNF (Creative Nonfiction)

Sometimes our most important stories are the result of trauma and or healing that we’ve experienced in our physical bodies. This workshop will explore methods of tackling these necessary narratives on the page such as using second-person, disjunctive or sectioned essay forms, and using hybrid genres. The workshop will also begin discussion on when is the right time to write these narratives and for whom.

Instructor: Negesti Kaudo is a Midwestern essayist who holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. She is the youngest winner of the Ohioana Library Association's Walter Rumsey Marvin grant (2015) for unpublished writers under 30. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and alumni of the Ragdale Residency and Winter Tangerine workshop. Kaudo has worked as a copywriter, a sex toy columnist, and an adjunct writing instructor. Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Best American Experimental Writing, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Ripe: Essays was published by Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press in 2022.

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Details: Muscle Memory: Writing About the Body in CNF takes place Thursdays February 2, (no class February 9), February 16, February 23, March 2, March 9, and March 16 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.

Genre: Nonfiction

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Craft and generative workshop with writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative nonfiction workshop, a feedback course, or a publishing course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email info@litcleveland.org.

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