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"Sound, Setting, and Syntax: Recipe For a Southern Writing Revival": making your writing as savory and flavorful as Southern gumbo

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (EDT)
  • via Zoom

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"Sound, Setting, and Syntax: Recipe For a Southern Writing Revival": making your writing as savory and flavorful as Southern gumbo  


Jambalaya and Gumbo are essentially mixtures of lots of flavors that compliment each other to make the tastiest meal-- much like the craft od writing. In this workshop, we'll use the Southern writing tradition as an example of how all the best ingredients should work together. Ever had a meal that made you feel like you'd had a spiritual experience? That hit you on a physical and soul level? Well that's what writing should do. Ignite our senses! 

In this workshop, Khalisa will guide the class on what we need to make your writing sound, look, and feel like a revival and a soul meal. To stir the spirit, shake the soul, and awaken something that had been dormant. 

The recipe: sound, setting, and syntax that reads like scripture. This workshop will cover Southern sounds, the importance of setting, and language/jargon/syntax will look at the Southern writers Paul Lawrence Dunbar, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and other writers.

 

Khalisa Rae is an award-winning poet, educator, and journalist in Durham, NC. She is the author of the debut poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press 2021), and Contributing Writer for Kindred. Her essays are featured in Autostraddle, Catapult, LitHub, as well as articles in Jezebel, Blavity, Bitch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her poetry appears in Southern Humanities Review, Gravy, Frontier Poetry, Florida Review, Rust & Moth, PANK, HOBART, among countless others. She is the winner of the Appy Award, Vulgar Genius, Bright Wings Poetry contest, the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, among other prizes. As a former Winter Tangerine, Frost Place and Watering Hole fellow, she is currently the EIC of Think in Ink BIPOC collective. Her YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden, is forthcoming. 





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