Classes & Conversations

Body/Bawdy Women/Female -Identified Reading Group

Monthly at Amber's live-work downtown St. Pete space. Go to Facebook for deets or email me.

Writing as Body Work

Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The Morean Arts Center. 1 - 3pm. 719 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. Thanks to Keep St. Pete Lit!

How have traumatic, chronic, or peak physical experiences shaped the language of your thoughts? How do you look in your mind’s eye and how does that form the story of your everyday perceptions? What kind of reading and writing makes you more aware of your own body’s story--the very visceral story of your blood and guts, your sensory awareness? How can we create new forms in our writing, art, or life by bringing our body into the process and, reflexively, letting the process of creating enliven our bodies? In this group experiment, lead by Amber DiPietra,, we’ll feel our way through these questions by reading poems and passages from fiction, essay, and memoir. We’ll also do some guided meditation, breathwork, and simple exercises taken from healing arts modalities like massage, yoga, and contact improv dance. Bring a yoga mat or a beach blanket (depending on preference), wear workout clothes or comfy loungewear and comfy shoes, bring a couple extra pillows and blankets if you are the type to get cold.

Creative Writing & Intimacy

Saturday, April 22, 2017. The Morean Arts Center. 1 - 3pm. 719 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. Thanks to Keep St. Pete Lit!

Does one’s capacity for intimacy make one a better writer? How do the literary arts help us to become more intimate with self and other, to bridge body and mind? Intimacy can take many forms: sensual, sexual, familial, platonic; it can be between lovers, friends, spouses, parents and children, business partners, artistic collaborators. How do we give words to forms of intimacy when these experiences run so close to the heart and bone?Maybe most importantly, intimacy exists between yourself and your own body, your awareness of the way you inhabit space. How does that awareness, or lack of awareness, play into your creativity? In this workshop, we will explore these questions through writing experiments and body work (guided meditation, sensory awareness exercises, breathing techniques).  We will read poems and excerpts from Audre Lorde, Anne Carson, Anais Nin, Italo Calvino and others. We will also watch some clips of performance artists like Marina Abramovic. Please note: while this is not a class specifically about sex writing, frank discussions may occur.

There are other wonderful classes through keep St. Pete Lit year-round. Check them out here.