"Between the Body and the Page: On Untangling Trauma"
Online Generative Writing Workshop for Sexual Trauma Survivors
This online workshop will take place over two days. You can attend from anywhere with an internet connection.
Day 1: 3 hour writing workshop;
Day 2: 3 hour performance/body workshop.
Workshop will be offered twice:
July 25 & 26, 12PM-3PM both days
August 15 & 16, 12PM-3PM both days
All times Mountain Daylight Time
Based largely on Augusto Boal's work in Rainbow of Desire, auto-ethnographic, and auto-archaeological methods, this two-day workshop centers the participant's experience and psyche as the simultaneous sites of wound and recovery. Participants will be guided through a series of writing exercises that will seek to help folks unpack traumas and stories that remain at the core of their hurt. During the second day of the workshop, participants will be invited to work through the staging and potential performance of their texts as a way to attempt to "rearrange" trauma in order to make its carrying bearable. This event aims to create a bridge between the body and the page as a means of beginning or dealing with the healing process.
This workshop with be facilitated by Jesús I. Valles, a queer Mexican immigrant writer-performer from Cd. Juarez, México/El Paso, TX. Valles is a 2019 Lambda Literary fellow, a 2019 Walter E. Dakin Playwriting fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a recipient of the 2019 Letras Latinas Scholarship from Community of Writers, a poetry fellow at Idyllwild Arts Writers Week, and a recipient of a 2019 Fine Arts Work Center scholarship. Valles is also a 2018 Undocupoets fellow, a 2018 Tin House scholar, and a fellow of the 2018 Poetry Incubator. Their work is published in The Shade Journal, The Texas Review, The New Republic, Palabritas, The Acentos Review, Quarterly West, The Mississippi Review, Tin House, BOAAT, and forthcoming in Winter Tangerine and The Adroit Journal. As a theatremaker, Jesús is the recipient of four B. Iden Payne awards, including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for their autobiographical solo show, (Un)Documents.