ClassJournal-Writing as a Creative Feminist Practice
“If I could only keep one type of book to read it would be women’s journals because they contain the world already—poems, philosophy, all the artwork, gossip, visions of the green hills of the sea…”– Anne Boyer
Journal-writing is sometimes dismissed for the very reasons it can empower: it requires intimacy and vulnerability, which might be criticized as “inappropriate,” “unimaginative,” “indulgent,” or “dramatic.” But intimacy created through vulnerability, emotionality, truth-telling, and exploring private and domestic spaces has always been central to feminist creative practices. And this is no easy feat: reckoning with one’s everyday life is often the hardest and most imaginative work there is.
In this class, we will use journal-writing to explore how individuals’ records and dreams are a part of a collective feminist history and network. We will approach journal-writing as a generative process we can use to articulate truths, process the world we live in, and recognize our own experiences, beliefs, and desires as valid and worthy of being shared. We will also use this practice to create a supportive, empathic community that enables enough safety and autonomy for playful risk-taking to happen. Each class will involve generative writing exercises and the opportunity to share work with one another. We will discuss journals as well as poetry and essays by various feminist and queer writers, drawing inspiration from them to explore new ways of observing, inhabiting, and finding pleasure in the world.
There is no class July 5.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
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