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From the Fragments with Roe McDermott

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

From the Fragments

w/ Roe McDermott

WHAT: A 6-week generative online workshop

WHEN: The online class space opens 11/6, and there will be biweekly Zoom sessions every other Sunday evening at 6PM GMT+1, beginning Sunday 11/14

ACCESS: $350. Payment plans available—contact Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available, please click here to apply.

“I have always been tormented by the image of multiplicity of selves. Some days I call it richness, and other days I see it as a disease, a proliferation as dangerous as cancer. My first concept about people around me was that all of them were coordinated into a whole, whereas I was made of multitude of selves, of fragments.” – Anais Nin

Fragmentation is the process of breaking, of separating, of becoming multiple. To write from the fragments is to embrace this multiplicity, to eschew the idea that an experience, a voice, an idea must be whole, linear, unified in order to be worthy. In this course we’ll experience the power of fragmentation in experience, voice and structure, embracing and embodying the cracks and separations that naturally occur in our selves, our communities, and our voices.. The course will explore experiences that fragment us and examine different ways to utilise fragments within your writing structure. This course is suitable for people working in all genres.

In addition to weekly lessons, Roe will host a weekly Happy Hour over Zoom on Sunday evenings from 6pm-7pm Irish time (Roe is based out of Ireland—that’s GMT+1). These Happy Hours are totally optional, an opportunity to have face time and find community with your fellow writers. Pop in to discuss the readings, assignments, and ideas explored throughout the course. Below, find a broader course outline.

Week One: Exploring Fragments—To begin, we will use fragments to explore how to distill one story down into concise language, illustrating how many ways you can approach a story, how many different parts there are to focus on, and how to play with perspective.

Week Two: Fragmenting Experiences—Many experiences fragment the self: self-awareness, pain, grief, shame, meditation, abuse, love, mental health issues, illness, loss, growth. This week we will explore experiences that fragment and write from this space.

Week Three: Fragment as Outlier—If we think of fragmenting as breaking, and a fragment as a small piece broken off from the larger whole, we can easily see how fragments are constantly occurring, leaving individuals feeling like outliers. This week we will explore the outlier experience.

Week Four: Threading Fragments—Fragments can be powerful tools within writing, allowing an idea, emotion or action to stand on its own, allowing the reader to linger in it, or indicating a break in the prevailing tone, emotion or thought process of the author/character. This week we’ll explore how to use fragments within a larger piece.

Week Five: Fragment as Narrative—What does it mean to create an entire narrative out of broken parts? We’ll look at the power of work composed entirely of fragments and what stories can be created from the pieces and the spaces between them.

Week Six: Breaking Away—The final week will be using what we’ve explored throughout the course to create a final piece from the space of fragmentation.

Works that will be referenced include:

In The Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado

Bluets, Maggie Nelson

Handiwork, Sara Baume

The White Book, Han Kang

The Crying Book, Heather Christle

Roe McDermott is a writer, journalist and Fulbright scholar with an MA in Journalism and an MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. Roe is a columnist for The Irish Times, the film editor for Hot Press magazine and has had essays published on The Rumpus and The Coven. Roe has taught creative writing to students in secondary/high school, and at undergraduate and graduate level. In August 2020, Roe was awarded the Irish Arts Council’s Next Generation Artist Award for Literature and was accepted to the MFA in University College Dublin. She is currently working on her first essay collection which will explore PTSD, trauma, and patriarchal constructions of knowledge and credibility.


Portland, OR 97207


Corporeal Writing