Cost: $800 (lodging not included)
Dates: September 23-26, 2021
Instructor: Jennifer Elise Foerster
This multi-genre writing intensive is an invitation for attention and deep listening to the ephemeral present/presence of time and place. We will read, walk, discuss, write, and listen—in solitude and in community with one another and with the land. Each day will be structured to involve exploratory reading and discussion of place-based creative texts, genre-fluid, exercise-based generative writing, and workshopping of each other’s works and writing experiments. Whether you come with a writing project in process or a blank page seeking inspiration, we will write to discover anew, creating and responding in our shared present, in dialogue with one another and with the land, elements, and spirit of the place we will together inhabit for this brief residency near a high desert’s ephemeral lakebed.
This workshop starts Thursday evening with a socially distanced, communal dinner and presentation. Lunch will be provided Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All other meals are on your own. A workshop syllabus will be shared with participants 3 weeks before workshop start date.
Click HERE to view available cabin rental packages for this workshop.
Recommended equipment to bring:
notepad or notebook
pen or pencil
Below are recommendations if you want to explore PLAYA trails and wildlife:
light hiking shoes
clothes for layering (can be hot in the day, cold at night)
Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), both published by the University of Arizona Press. Jennifer currently teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop and is the Literary Assistant to the U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She received her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver and her MFA at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. Foerster grew up living internationally, is of European (German/Dutch) and Mvskoke descent, and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She lives in San Francisco.
PLAYA is doing all it can to keep its guests and staff safe with COVID. PLAYA is naturally spacious which easily allows guests to follow 6’ distancing guidelines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any indoor programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.
*Please note, PLAYA does not have a restaurant or store to purchase additional meals. There is a small convenience store and restaurant in both Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south