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Writing the Body: A Closer Look at Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Kabria Rogers Tuesdays Aug. 23-Sep. 13
6p-8p ET
3p-5p PT
5p-7p CT
4 class sessions

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“I am nowhere near as brave as people believe me to be. As a writer, armed with words, I can do anything, but when I have to take my body out into the world, courage fails me.”
― Roxane Gay, A Closer Look at Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

In Writing the Body, we'll take a literary look at Roxane Gay's gut-wrenching and enlightening memoir, and how it can be used as a guide to strengthen our own creative non-fiction pieces. We will read together, exploring the theme, tone, and depth of the memoir, pulling away the layers that make the story both relatable and haunting with its honesty.

As a writer, we’ll build your own practice of writing about the body; with exercises and discussion regarding how to write about the body singularly, in relationships, and navigating the world.

Please bring your curiosity, opinions, and pen as we unfold this memoir together.

You should take this course if you:

  • Are interested in writing creative nonfiction from an embodied perspective
  • Enjoy reading and/or writing memoir
  • Want to be a member of a focused community to discuss the various angles of this book
  • Are open to discussing challenging and traumatic social topics including but not limited to sexual violence, body image, and eating disorders.
Open to beginner and intermediate writers.

About HungerA Memoir of (My) Body 
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.  

*PLEASE NOTE: The book is NOT included in your course fee; must be purchased separately, in advance, via the vendor and in the format of your choice.

All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.

Meet Your Instructor:
Kabria Rogers

Kabria Rogers is a writer and Philadelphia native. She has a diverse career path and currently works as an arts administrator. She has written a variety of things both creatively and professionally. She has been published in two anthologies, I Am Strength and Ways of Walking. Kabria is a creative wanderer, pulling together the random threads of her life through creative practice, curiosity, and community building. Check out her random musings on sexual health, and the oddly poetic moments of everyday life, and follow her on Instagram. Kabria holds a B.A. in English Writing from King's College and lives in Philadelphia with her wife and two spoiled senior citizen cats. 

Course Takeaways

  • A strong sense of literary interpretation, specifically around themes and the writer’s creative choices
  • Practice creative writing about the body (visceral and sensory experiences)
  • An entry point for writing personal essays or short creative nonfiction pieces.

Course Expectations

  • Come ready to read Hunger by Roxanne Gay together, think, discuss, and enjoy! 
  • Be prepared to write and share based on writing prompts and focused writing time 

Course Skeleton

  • Week 1: Class Introductions and Expectations, Exploration of Themes, Discussion Chapter 1-22, and Writing Exercise
  • Week Two: Student Share, Discussion of 23-44, and Writing Exercise
  • Week Three: Student Share, Discussion 45-66, and Writing Exercise
  • Week Four: Student Share, Discussion of 45-88, and Writing Exercise