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A Winter Solstice Generative Workshop with Karen Finley (via Zoom)

December 10, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Since ancient times these shorter days of less sunlight has been celebrated with rituals, holidays and festivals. We will reflect on our own Solstice Making in our writing. How we find and create our own light? Let’s find out.

As we retreat from the sun we contemplate festivities with the most absurd decorations we giggle with glitter, glam jam and a must too much sparkle eye shadow. Chill is in the air yet hearts and hands warm to teas and retreats. Gifts aren’t always what we wanted, ribbons savored, remembering lost and found friends, kindness of strangers in our own family, and the urgency for gathering while there is a sense of solitude amidst the shorter days. The midnight sky comes sooner, looking for bird friends begin who decide to stay. Memories, senses of enchantment gloss and braid its way as we journey our traditions during this sacred time of yesterday. I will prepare a series of prompts to reflect, imagine and awaken our own spirit creatively. There can be a special blend of sentimental sarcasm with a little room for wit-brandy as your inner Scrooge is let free. Go For It. There is humor in all of this rushing gushing and merry faking. So that is what it is, so much fun to contemplate, you can’t wait till its over, the perplexing expectations at this most wonderful time of the year, can be so damn inspiring for good writing. It might be worth it. Here we go again. Festive attire and in slippers if you wish. Introverts welcome. Emerging and returning creatives always welcome. Please no meanies.

NB: This mixed-genre generative workshop will be held on Zoom. It will be capped at 17 students. Scholarship information will be available in July and applications are due on August 15th. Please read the course policies page before signing up for any of our workshops

Karen Finley is a performance artist whose work has long provoked controversy and debate. She has performed at the Lincoln Center (NYC), the ICA (London), the Steppenwolf (Chicago), and the Bobino (Paris). Her art is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among other places. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obies, two Bessies, and a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year Award. Her books include Shock Treatment, Enough is Enough, Living It Up, A Different Kind Of Intimacy, George and Martha, The Reality Shows, and Grabbing Pussy. Finley is a professor in the department of Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


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December 10, 2022
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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