Andrea Avery

Author

“Andrea writes like a clever, cunning, confident angel. She’s a natural, and her realness and grace are lovely to behold.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love

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The Body Electric, Memoir-Style: Four-Week Course at Piper Writers Studio

  • Piper Center 450 East Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ, 85281 United States (map)

About the Class: 
In this course, participants will be invited to "sing the body electric" (thanks, Whitman) ... in memoir. Through in-class exercises, discussions, and group workshop of manuscripts, each participant will attempt to locate his, her, their body's story and history. Through our writing and mentor texts, we will trace how what we think, what we believe, and who we are has grown out of our embodied experiences. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson argue that reason "is not, in any way, a transcendent feature of the universe or of disembodied mind. Instead, it is shaped crucially by the peculiarities of our human bodies, by the remarkable details of the neural structure of our brains, and by the specifics of our everyday functioning in the world.” So, too, is memoir. All kinds of bodies welcome.

About the Instructor: 
Andrea Avery is the author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano (Pegasus Books), which describes her experiences growing up as an aspiring pianist even after a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at age 12. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Real Simple, The Oxford American, and The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, Behavior (Oxford U. Press). She was the winner of Real Simple's 2010 essay contest and a finalist in Glamour magazine's essay contest. She holds a doctorate in education from Arizona State University. She teaches English at Phoenix Country Day School and is an active volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation.

Earlier Event: October 7
Female Innovators Concert
Later Event: October 11
Mayor's Arts Awards Announcement

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