Writing the Body: How to Mine Your Treasure Chest for Memories
with Nina Boug Lichtenstein
Thursday, February 10, 10:00 – 13:00
Did you know that our body is the most reliable record-keeper of life experiences; much more so than our brain and what we like to call “memory”? In this workshop we will (re-)discover the treasure chest that is our bodies and how useful it can be to mine our body parts in order to re-member, or make whole, past experiences that have brought us to this point in our lives. We will read excerpts from authors whose bodies feed remembering (Lidia Yuknavitch, Paul Aster, Roxane Gay) and whose beautiful, memorable writing, inspires us by its sheer physicality.
With body-focused writing prompts, your eyes, hips, or feet will begin to collaborate with you as you discover the wonder of your body parts’ evocative abilities in turning forgotten incidents into vividly remembered scenes for richer and more viscerally crafted personal essays and memoir writing.
Details: 400nis if you register by January 20 and 450nis subsequently; non-refundable if you cancel within one week of the workshop and your place cannot be filled.
Nina Boug Lichtenstein is a native of Oslo, Norway who lives in Tel Aviv and Maine. She holds a PhD in French literature and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her writing has appeared in Tablet, The Forward, Lilith, The Washington Post and Hippocampus (forthcoming), among other places. She is currently working on a memoir titled ‘My Body Remembers.’