Date: March 21 & 22
Facilitator: Eve Eurydice
Title: Queerwrite Your Subversion!
Transform your Writing Practice with some help from Sappho to Stein, Ginsberg & Burroughs.
Queer writing is resistance writing by definition. Therefore, by logical necessity, it is experimental in voice & style. Queer identity is the future of gender: multi-modal, non-binary, non-normative, & non assimilative. The dominant patriarchy has no space for queer folx—no language, no morality, no gods, no pedagogy— therefore we are called to create our own by subverting the symbols & referents of patriarchy in order to define, affirm, & protect our own values.
~ Queer Femmes will be introduced to queer experimental logos through Sappho’s fragments & Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, & excerpts such as ‘Have They Attacked Mary. He Giggled. (A political caricature.)’ From the word Lesbian to Steinese, we will relive the story of the birth of patriarchy around Saphic times driven by Sappho’s fame so that we can understand how language was shaped to regiment & censor the lives of millions of women; we’ll then fast forward to Stein’s times & fame to land the arch of that history that we are now called to turn around. (We can also touch on the few women writers who became known in between.) We will read & de-read together & then respond to prompts that we can begin in workshop & refine in our own practice at home.
~ Queer Masculinity & its literary & cultural expression will be introduced & analyzed by focusing on Allen Ginsberg’s Howl & William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch fragments. Howl shows writing as politics; this anti-formalist beat & jazz anti-war Whitmanesque political poem was written at a time when sodomy was a crime. Naked Lunch answers to the political rally cry by presenting the cut-up decoupage method for queer practice. Both Ginsberg & Burroughs were my creative writing teachers at Naropa, though Burroughs briefly since he was a visiting professor. I saw how their queer identity affected their avant-garde writing practice & their politics. Today, LGBT folx forget that queer politics, i.e. non homo-normative, anti-assimiliation choices, are central to a queer identity that resists a ‘passing for.’ We will sample & experience these texts together & generate your own writing using mother lines & methodologies from these texts.
Each word we speak has a life of its own, a vibratory signature that creates waves into the expanse of the universe. When we speak or write, we use the vehicles of words to carry meaning, as well as energy, from ourselves to another person or group of people.
Enhance The Power Of Your Writing:
Ultimate Transformation: Commit to a Daily Scribal Practice. You receive daily personalized prompts, editorial therapy & curative commitment.
Push Character Reset: For times of Distress, Crisis, Loss, Panic, Despair, Shame, Confusion, Loneliness
Transmute Your Fear/Anger/Hatred into Fiction:
HEAL IN YOUR OWN WORDS:
WRITE TO ALCHEMIZE GROUP or SCRIBAL GROUP
You receive Weekly Writing Prompts for Self-Improvement via Magical Writing. We Write Healing Spells. We Write a Blessing a Day.
In the group setting, we sit in a circle, start with an invocation to Saraswati & the $ directions. I provide a writing prompt, we write for 30 min. We go around & read what we wrote to the group
We workshop, discuss & support each other’s work.
Take the Writing Cure, Discover Your Lost Voice & Transform Your Life
Heal your Psyche, Your Relationships, or the Psyche of A Loved One
Rewrite the Book Of Your Destiny & discover your hidden talents & passions by experimenting & expressing yourself freely in different artistic media (drawing, painting, illustration, embroidery, collage, black-out & ransom writing). I give the group a prompt & we let loose. You keep your artwork & try as many creative media as you want.
Restorative Journaling Through Difficult Times advocates journal writing as a way to deal with grief, chronic health conditions & building broken self-esteem. The practice encourages non-writers to journal & self-reflect as a means of coping & finding your authentic, inner or higher voice. You start with things you did or felt or thought today, & freewrite 3 pages a day even if it’s just lists of what you see in front of you or what you’re grateful for. Handwriting is recommended for this practice.
Sex & Love Addiction: One on One Sexual Healing, Understanding & Energy-Harnessing. Demystify Taboos & the Unspoken, Make Sex Conscious & Easy. Whether you identify as a victim, addict, predator, or simply inexperienced.
Alchemical Writing Literary Salons - (host one in your town)
Nude Writing Healing Groups
Lost Genius Academy - (helping you to discover & liberate your own untapped lost genius, including your past-life knowledge)