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In Praise of Bodies

Heartbreak! Climate change! A global pandemic! A never ending news cycle, to-do list, dishes. With so many distractions, so many of us are feeling alienated from ourselves, our communities, and our bodies.  This class will challenge students to tap into their bodies and the world around them through play, exploration, and an embrace of the weird, wonderful, and oftentimes devastating world around us.

Each week, we'll focus on a different sense (touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste) as a means of disrupting apathy and accessing a sense of wonder and delight. Students will be encouraged to engage in a small activity each week that asks them to step outside themselves so they come to the page with fresh ideas and fearlessness. Activities may include screaming poems at the moon, bird-watching, smelling a flower, watching a scary movie, trying a different food, or observing a color. We're going to get weird. We're going to have fun. We're going to find new ways of accessing our writing that are more than just staring at a blank page.

Sessions will include generative writing tasks — readings, writing prompts and writing time as well as space for workshops and discussion of student work. 

Instructor: Noor Hindi is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. She is a 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow is her debut collection of poems. She lives in Dearborn.


Details: In Praise of Bodies takes place Thursdays February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, and March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.

Genre: Poetry

Level: Intermediate

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

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


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