Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents “Mother, Monster: Writing the Truths About Difficult Family Relationships”

Sundress Academy for the Arts

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present “Mother, Monster: Writing the Truths About Difficult Family Relationships,” a workshop led by Joan Kwon Glass on September 14, 2022, from 6-7:30 PM. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: safta).

Marguerite Duras once said, “Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.” In this 90-minute generative workshop, we will draw inspiration from work of writers like Rachel McKibbens, Eugenia Leigh, and Warsan Shire in order to do a deep dive into difficult family relationships. What monsters do we recognize in our family members? How do they reflect/differ from our demons? How do we write about those we are tied to by blood and/or name, when they are the source of pain? How do we write about the things we may not want to acknowledge, or that which we have not yet fully realized? Using generative writing prompts, the facilitator will lead writers on a journey of investigation and revelation.

While there is no fee to participate in this workshop, those who are able and appreciative may make donations directly to Joan Kwon Glass via Venmo @Joan-Glass-2 or via PayPal to joanpglass@gmail.com.

Joan Kwon Glass (she/her) is the Korean American author of Night Swim (Diode Editions, 2022). She is also author of three chapbooks, serves as Editor-in-Chief for Harbor Review & poetry editor for West Trestle Review. Joan is a proud Smith College graduate & has been a public school educator for 20 years. Her poems have recently been published or are forthcoming in RHINO, Rattle, The Rupture, Nelle, Diode, & many others, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net. Follow her on Twitter @joanpglass & see her website at www.joankwonglass.com.

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