Dismantling The Nice Girl
A Weekend of Fierce and True Writing
With Laurie Wagner and Sonya Lea
October 26-28, 2018 Alameda, California [$475]
7:30PM – 9:30PM Friday
9:30AM – 4:30PM Saturday/Sunday
Delicious vegetarian catered lunch Saturday/Sunday
How do you tell a story that has been pushed underground?
How do you tell a story that’s never been told? A story that might have been (or still is) a secret?
Especially as women, how do we sustain the telling of a story when there’s pressure to remain likable? When it’s not just our characters that publishers and readers insist be likable, but our very thinking? And how do we push past the shame created by those who refuse our power?
Here we are, living in an urgent era, one that asks us to risk exposure for ourselves, and on behalf of others.
By standing in the truth, and acknowledging the necessity of our writing, we change the justness and health of our communities. We take a stand for those who aren’t living with our privilege or resources.
This weekend is about interrogating what we are afraid to write about, how we can write our truth and risk exposure, how to say the things that demand to be said.
We will discuss strategies for overcoming the pressure to be someone else, how bravery might be in our bones, how to find the strength to reckon with the full truth on the page, how to be with what’s ugly and unspeakable.
LAURIE & SONYA:
Laurie Wagner & Sonya Lea met twenty years ago when they were writing about women’s bodies, women gods, and the realities of living in outworn marriages. Together, and in their own practices, they have created safe places in which to speak their truths, and they’re here not only to make a safe place to generate your writing, but to demonstrate how to do this when you return to your demanding life.
We are still writing about sex and relationships, and now we are going to our edges in our writing and teaching. We write about racism, body sovereignty, motherhood, singledom. Together we deconstruct the love story, the god story, the story of happily-ever-after. We dismantle all the tropes that would get in the way of effectively resisting power-over.
WHY THIS MIGHT BE FOR YOU:
If you want to bring more power into your writing, to make more of a commitment to your words, to create the stories you want to tell, to connect more deeply with your reader, to put yourself on the line, to feel alive, to write from the edge, we are here to help you find the qualities you need to face the dangers, even while you’re in fear. We make a way to go forward together.
Together we will write from our joy, our rage, our tears. We will share these stories of our beauty and anger because it shakes us out of complacency. And offers the ability to reinvent ourselves, endlessly.
Sonya Lea writes on memory and identity. Her memoir, Wondering Who You Are was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Wondering has won awards and garnered praise in a number of publications including Oprah Magazine, People, and the BBC, who named it a “top ten book.” Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Guernica, Ms. Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Prentice Hall College Reader, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Butter, and more.
Lea creates and teaches writing at retreats in the USA and Canada. She also teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, online at Corporeal Writing, and to women veterans through the Red Badge Project. She speaks at conferences, universities and festivals.
Her short film, Every Beautiful Thing, won two awards for direction, and several awards for score. She has also written screenplays.
Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Seattle and the Canadian Rockies. You can find her online at WonderingWhoYouAre.com
Laurie Wagner has been publishing books and essays, and teaching writing for the last 25 years. She is a process guru and has a genius for holding space, helping people unzip what’s inside of them, and get ink on the page.
A creative brain-stormer, she specializes in out of the box ways to tell your stories. Her Wild Writing classes at 27 Powers are the cornerstone of her live work.
She is the author of Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk about Long Term Love, and Expectations: 30 Women Talk about Becoming a Mother. www.27powers.org
Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable and will be treated like a concert ticket. If you can’t make it for any reason, it is up to you to find someone to take your ticket unless we have a waiting list, in which case we’ll be happy to help you.