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Dancing Closer to the Fire: Looking for the Path to the Heart of Our Stories with Monica Zarazua

$65.00

This workshop is a space to explore together and take flight whether that flight is above the clouds, or centimeters off the ground where we can still touch our reassuring shadow, or somewhere in between.

Start Date

June 22

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Price

$65

Instructor

In stock

Description

If fiction is about emotional truth, how do we get there and how do we know when we’ve arrived?

We write around the tender spot, the toughest truths. Or we try and go straight for it, but still dance around hoping we can get our feet just a little bit hot and that will be enough. Maybe we can write around the fire and not actually have to go in, not have to burn, but we know it’s inevitable. The core is always drawing us closer. If we keep at it, we’ll get there in the way that we’re supposed to (which is not always the way we want). It will be an experience that we can only partially anticipate, but we’ll know when we’ve arrived because that is when the story becomes its freest.

This workshop is a space to explore together and take flight whether that flight is above the clouds, or centimeters off the ground where we can still touch our reassuring shadow, or somewhere in between.

We will look at mentor texts and share our own work through the process of 1. free writing 2. oral retelling 3. reading out loud and listening deeply. During this workshop we might not get all the way into the fire but we will move several steps closer through the acts of sharing and receiving.

Please bring something you have been working on and are willing to share. It does not have to be a finished piece. Most important is that it’s writing you keep going back to in order to dig deeper and when you reread it your heart beats faster.

About Monica Zarazua

Monica, no middle name, last name Zarazua writes fiction. She co-founded Pochino Press: a family enterprise begun on a whim to help bring to print stories of multi-hued colors.

She self-published her first collection of short stories called Slide which turned into a collaborative project with visual artists. Currently in the works is a novel that explores thievery, memory, the guidance of trees and the design of fugitive DNA. For three years she lived in Las Vegas where her fortitude was tested in the heat of the desert, the stickiness of the Strip and where she completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She taught elementary school in Richmond, California and later at the International Community School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She loves all the ways that humans win on the day to day. As of 2022, year of the tiger, she lives and teaches in Oakland, CA.