A Generative Workshop for Essayists and Writers of Nonfiction

Saturday, December 11, 2021: 11-4:00

Join master teacher and award-winning writer Lia Purpura for a workshop that will help you enrich your writing and deepen your insights.

The Sidelong Self (nonfiction/essay)

We often see and understand ourselves best in sidelong glances, from the periphery, and in brief flashes of understanding. This generative workshop will focus on ways of seeing and encountering that take us out of our thinking selves and bring us closer to our embodied experience  We’ll prime ourselves by reading excerpts alive with deep description, micro-moments, and precise shocks of recognition. Participants will share writing created in class, and come away with “seedling” essays.

Workshop: Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 11-4:00.
$200 — includes materials, lunch and coffee.

Seating is limited to 15 people. Click here for tickets.

We will be observing the CDC’s Covid-19 protocols.

If you’re coming from out-of-town and need lodging, we recommend Holiday Inn Express (443-744-8200); Hilton Garden Inn (410-654-0030); or Hyatt Place (410-998-3630), all very good and in nearby Owings Mills.

Financial Need Scholarship Offered:

We offer one financial need scholarship for this workshop. Please apply only if you truly can’t afford the fee. Send your one-page statement of need to ron@historicfarm.org. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021.

Lia Purpura’s most recent collection of essays, All the Fierce Tethers,was published by Sarabande Books in 2019. Her most recent collection of poems is It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Viking/Penguin.) She is the author of three previous collections of poems (King BabyStone Sky LiftingThe Brighter the Veil); three previous collections of essays (Rough LikenessOn LookingIncrease), and one collection of translations (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch & Taste of Ash)

A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for On Looking), she has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation  (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), and the Maryland State Arts Council, among others; she is also the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes.

Her poems and essays appear in: Agni Magazine, EcotoneEmergence, FieldThe Georgia ReviewOrionThe New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Essays and The Pushcart Anthology. She is Writer in Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.