Writing Vulnerability, Writing Resilience

with Leora Fridman

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay



6 Sessions

Start Date: April 13, 2023
End Date: May 18, 2023
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 1:10 pm - 3:10 pm PT
Capacity: 0 seat
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

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This participant-driven workshop will explore contemporary nonfiction on illness and disability, with extensive opportunities to write into the realities of vulnerable bodies and to offer one another generative feedback. Topics explored may include the pandemic, gendered illness and autoimmunity, and will focus on participants’ lived experiences. We will emphasize texts by historically marginalized voices, including BIPOC, queer, and disabled writers, and draw inspiration from work by writers including Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Natalie Diaz, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Carolyn Lazard.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Leora Fridman

Leora Fridman


Leora Fridman is author of My Fault, in addition to other books of prose, poetry, and translation. Work appears in the New York Times, the Rumpus, and the Believer, among others. She is currently faculty associate in the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University, and Curator in Residence at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. For more information check out Leora's website: www.leorafridman.com

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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