Brian Turner - Writing the Impossible: Navigating Love & Loss in Language

  • December 03, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote


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Remote Session (OCWW will be remote through December 2020)

In this session, we’ll explore some of the ways writers give voice to the sublime and the beautiful, as well as the profoundly difficult. Our workshop will serve as an experimental space to share resources for writing through difficult times. We’ll discuss these ideas while exploring elements of craft through generative exercises meant to add to your own creative work and practice. This workshop is open to writers of all levels working in poetry and/or prose.

Bio: Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, The New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” Award, the 2007 Poet’s Prize, and others. In addition to his poetry, he is editor of the anthology, The Kiss (2018), a diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harpers Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship a Lannan Foundation Fellowship and more. Turner is director of the MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.  His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at for details.

9:00-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12:00  Program

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