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Wendy Ortiz – The Nonfictional Body: Sept. 14
September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$300
When: Saturday September 14th, 2019:: 10:00 – 4:00
Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
This workshop will explore the potential of creative nonfiction as a vehicle for experimentation, meaning, and change at various strata of the social fabric. Using the metaphor of the body when it comes into contact with these strata—be it personal relationship, relationship to structures, streets, cities and natural settings, states, territory, and ultimately, the earth as a whole—we will investigate how creative nonfiction “works,” vis-a-vis the genre/body’s response. A variety of forms will be used as examples on our investigation, including brief excerpts from select blogs, chapbooks, journals, storytelling in legal scholarship, and more.
Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, FENCE, andMcSweeney’s, among many other places.Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.
The Corporeal Center houses all of Corporeal Writing’s Face2Face workshops, readings, and open community hours Tues through Friday, 12 – 4. We are located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Portland. We are on bus lines, close to the Max line that goes to the airport as well as the Amtrak station. We are within walking distance to many hotels, some of our favorites being The Society Hotel ($), Embassy Suites ($$), Hotel Monaco ($$) and The Nines ($$$). With a bar, delicious burger joint, fresh salad bar in our building, a food truck lot out the front door, and Pine Street Market only a 3 block walk, food options abound.