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The School of Embodiment (Session 1, Fiction Writing with Jumi Bello) is a Course

The School of Embodiment (Session 1, Fiction Writing with Jumi Bello)

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This 2-week online course is part of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp, Session 1, June 13-26, 2021. There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into Session 1 of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp you are not eligible to enroll.


How is literature written through the body? How can we make creative use of the physiological effects that ‘move’ us in writing? “For me, the body is a real place,” Lidia Yuknavitch said in a recent Paris Review interview. “It is a place you go to, a place you inhabit. It is the fundamental setting of every experience you have. And it is sometimes a place you leave in moments of fear or crisis or grief or depression or pain. I am working toward creating art that happens to a reader in their real body.”

How does the writing that emerges from the School of Embodiment become further complicated when the Body is not white, is not male, is not heterosexual, is not Christian? In other words, how does writing done from the perspective of the marginalized transform the shape, the texture and the way stories are told?

In this course, we will dip our feet into the different ways the body of a story can influence the story itself.  We will be looking at traditional stories, non-traditional stories, fantasy, science fiction, horror! We will take turns teaching the class about particular writers across the School of Embodiment through individual presentation and class-led discussions on the day’s assigned writing. We will learn from, seek inspiration, and find friction in the work of such writers as Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, Ocean Vuong, Saeed Jones, Carmen Maria Machado, Kiese Laymon, Cathy Park Hong, Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Octavia Butler and many, many others. We will, above all, workshop our writing!

Jumi Bello is not your traditional black writer. She grew up in the Washington DC suburbs and started writing spoken word poetry at age sixteen. After graduating from a small liberal arts college in the Midwest through the luck of a Posse Foundation scholarship, she spent the majority of her twenties teaching high school in Taiwan and mainland China. She returned to the United States to study fiction with the support of fellowship at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her work has received support from the University of Iowa, StoryStudio Chicago, the Corporeal Writing Center and Tin House. In fall 2021, She will be attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a Black Mountain Institute PhD candidate in nonfiction. Jumi has just completed her debut novel and is working on a nonfiction book about mental illness, race and police brutality. Jumi’s work fights to show the marginalized that our stories matter. This world is ours too.




The fee for this course is $575. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


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Cancellation Policy: A $100 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. 



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