Writing with Fear with Ivelisse Rodriguez

Apogee Journal, with support from Brooklyn Arts Council, presents: Writing with Fear, a digital workshop with Ivelisse Rodriguez. Writing with Fear is the first in Apogee’s Writing Resistance 3.0 workshop series this year. Writing with Fear “is meant to demystify the writing process by indicating that there is no magic solution to writing other than just doing it. However, what impedes us from writing is not as simple as butt not being in the chair, but rather it is the anxiety that permeates through us when we sit down to write. In this workshop, we will focus on writing through our fear while grappling with the negative emotions that too often thwart us. We will utilize goal-setting, journaling, and outlining, among other strategies to write in spite of the dread that shows up at our writing desk.” Writing with Fear originally took place online 4/20/19.

Seats remain open in several Writing Resistance 3.0 Workshops, although space is limited and spots are quickly running out. All other classes will be in-person and are graciously hosted by New York Writers Coalition Conference Room, 80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Ivelisse Rodriguez debut short story collection Love War Stories (The Feminist Press, 2018) is a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She has published fiction in the Boston Review, All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, Obsidian, Kweli, the Bilingual Review, Aster(ix), and other publications. She is the founder and editor of an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers in order to highlight the current status and the continuity of a Puerto Rican literary tradition from the continental US that spans over a century. The series is published in Centro Voices, the e-magazine of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is currently working on the novel The Last Salsa Singer about 70s era salsa musicians in Puerto Rico. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. http://www.ivelisserodriguez.com

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