Futurecasting: Know your past, write your present, vision your future as the writer you dream
Have you ever felt lost in your own writing? Your writing dreams are myriad and arrive like a flood around you. Lines come for a poem, and the spark leaves just as fleetingly. When you do manage to finish the first draft, do you wonder, what is this creation now and how do I refine it and where will it live beyond this page (and should it)? This workshop is for the emerging writer, which can be the person who is just learning about revision, setting up a regular writing practice, or learning how to send out work for possible publication. In addition, all of us writers in this community – and we will work hard to establish a loving and communally accountable community – will create a vision for who we would like to be as writers whether that’s in getting the words on the page, publishing, doing readings, winning prizes, teaching, or more. In essence, together we will be envisioning and enacting a collective and individual manifestation of writing into our own power.
(KSW educational programming is focused primarily on writers and artists of color. Space is limited.)
About the Instuctor
Raina J. León, PhD and MFA, is a native Philadelphian, Afro-boricua mother, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer, and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizing education. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with the SV Community of Writers, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and Ragdale. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts.