Corporeal Writing: “Epistemologies”

WORKSHOP VIDEOS: Lidia Yuknavitch  


WHERE: Online for 6-weeks

Fall 2019: I’m joining bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch as an online workshop leader for Epistemologies: Writing to Unmake and Remake Meaning. How many different ways do our bodies make meaning in our lives?  The birth body, the death body, the body inside the pulse and heat and sweat of sexuality? The incarcerated body, the liberated body, the body in pleasure or pain? The athlete’s body, the dancer’s body, the body abled differently.

Epistemology is simply The Study of Knowledge, but that study has historically left bodies out. We think writing and literature is a place where we can insist our bodies have a POV, just as writers such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Duras, Acker, Whitman, Colette, Lispector & Irigaray have done.  In this workshop, we will contemplate creative writing techniques and structures that innovates, invents and performs the ways in which the body is an epistemological site—a site where all human meaning is made and unmade. A made again. Anew.

Register at Corporeal Writing.

“Sometimes telling the story is the thing that saves your life.” – Lidia Yuknavitch

Metamorphoses: New Forms from the Body and Language

WORKSHOP VIDEOS: Lidia Yuknavitch  


WHERE: Online for 6-weeks

Metamorphoses is a six week online workshop unlike anything you’ve ever done before. As part 1 in a 3 part series, think of it as an introduction to Lidia Yuknavitch’s Corporeal Writing. Dare to write differently. Open to new forms and meanings. Change your writing and the world. Register at Corporeal Writing.

Week 1: The Body as an Epistemological Site.

Week 2: Liminal Experiences: Sex, Death, Joy, Fear.

Week 3: Deforming Prior Forms.

Week 4: Self as Sediment vs. Self as Center.

Week 5: The micro, The macro; From Personal to Social.

Week 6: Environmental Subjectivity. 

Mt. Airy Learning Tree: “Transformative Storytelling”

In many cultures, the Cantadora was the “keeper of stories,” the revered position as the woman who heard and remembered the community’s stories. Throughout history, storytelling has been a way to teach and entertain long before written language. Stories shape our plans, inspire us to create new adventures, to survive, grow, and create a new mythology. Listen to examples of oral storytelling, receive weekly writing prompts, and rework and rehearse one story to share at the end of class. This course is available to writers and storytellers of all levels. Register at Mt. Airy Learning Tree.

Mt. Airy Learning Tree: “The Illuminated Narrator”

Revisit significant life events and give them new meaning. Explore storytelling methods from many cultures, receive weekly writing prompts, and identify the ongoing threads in your personal narratives. Discover the transformative nature of reclaiming your life’s most meaningful stories. This is for writers of all levels who are interested in writing creative nonfiction, short stories or memoir. Consider bringing any of the following: a story that your family tells about you; a life event that was difficult; a story about loss; a story that you’re proud of; or a family story that has been passed down for generations.  Register at Mt. Airy Learning Tree.


Sedona Arts Center: The Illuminated Narrator

“I’d studied with Leigh before and found her as kind and compassionate as she is industrious, witty, and gifted at bringing out the best in everyone around her. Interesting, thoughtfully-planned lessons led to assignments that hardly felt like work at all. As I participated, it was fascinating to discover not only that my story had a way of telling itself and I was just its ‘keeper,’ but that my voice seemed to simply be awaiting my call for it to venture out. I was truly surprised at just how uplifted and inspired I felt receiving the positive, helpful comments and feedback – and respond with a very heartfelt thank you.” Kelly, Minnesota

Transformative Storytelling is offered online and in person in rotating locations around the United States. Join Leigh’s mailing list to find out about upcoming events.