Creativity Lab: Generating Writing through Sensory Engagement
Class Meetings: Saturday, March 17, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, in the Poetry Center Alumni Room 205.
In this daylong generative workshop, we will form a creativity lab, engaging with our senses as an entry point to writing original work. Through listening to music and soundscapes, playing with tactile textures, and engaging with visual art, we will channel our bodily, psychic, and emotional responses onto the page. This course will move with a spirit of curiosity and play, and create a supportive space for brave and judgment-free experimentation with language. Most of our time together will be spent playing and generating, though we will close our day with discussion and sharing.
Lisa M. O'Neill is a writer, educator, singer/songwriter, and creative usher committed to social justice and moving through the world with authenticity and compassion. Originally from New Orleans, she has lived in Tucson for a decade where she writes into issues of social justice, sustainability, politics, and pop culture through essays, journalistic articles, think pieces, and hybrid forms. Lisa received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona, where she taught writing in the English Department for a decade and was honored with the Lecturer of the Year award. She designs and teaches intimate online and in-person workshops on such themes as witness, place, and mindful writing, and she works with writers individually to help them discover their stories and clarify their voices. Lisa designs and teaches writing workshops with highschoolers who will be first-generation college students and with incarcerated students at juvenile detention, adult detention, and the Arizona State Prison. Lisa hosts, co-curates, and performs at the quarterly musical event The Old Pueblo Opry, which celebrates American folk, country, and roots music. She is a regular contributor to Edible Baja Arizona and received first place in Community Food and Beverage Reporting from the Arizona Press Club for 2015. Her July 2017 piece for Bitch Media was featured in the The New York Times "What We're Reading" list and her writing has also been published in Bustle, defunct, Diagram, drunken boat, Everyday Feminism, GOOD, Good Housekeeping, Salon, and The Feminist Wire. She is the founder of literary blog The Dictionary Project and is currently writing a book on sound and silence.