Edgework, as defined by one online dictionary, is “behavior at the edge of what is normally allowed or accepted; risky or radical behavior.” Our four weeks together will be spent looking at how the definitive and formative experiences of our lives are often experienced “at the edge” and how we might evoke and translate the exhilarating, sometimes painful, and often transformative power of our personal experiences at the edge into our writing. Through writing experiments and a variety of readings in all genres, we will examine how other writers walk us to and through their own edges, and we will practice writing our own.
Wendy C. Ortiz will also teach a workshop on-site at the Work Center called “Altered States: A Multi-Genre Workshop.” For more information, click here.
Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, the prose poem memoir Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her writing has appeared or been profiled in a number of places including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, Joyland, FENCE, and McSweeney’s. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.