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

  • Term: Spring 2023
  • Start Date: April 13, 2023
  • End Date: May 18, 2023
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Writing Vulnerability, Writing Resilience

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: