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Writing the Body: Welcoming Joy

In her poem, Earth, Anne Sexton saw God as all soul, longing for a body. This longing found holy expression with the birth of Jesus. Join us in welcoming the Advent season with a creative writing class focused on reconnecting you to the physical world—through joyful embodiment. Drawing from a variety of experiential exercises including prayer as movement, the calling of gritos—the Mexican aye aye aye that signals happiness and pain, and writing prompts, we will seek to inhabit our bodies at a deeper level and join God in saying yes to the goodness and joy of creation. 

Presenter: Donna Johnson

Date: December 6, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center, 100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost: $60 for the session (lunch included) 

Recommended for: faith-inspired writers and thinkers who want to explore the holiness of embodiment

Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir critically acclaimed by the New York TimesO MagazineTexas MonthlyBeliefnet, NPR’s Interfaith Voices, People and many other publications and blogs. The book was named to the Memoirs We Love list and took top honors in the Spirituality category at the New York Books for a Better Life Awards. Donna is a Ragdale Fellow and was recently awarded a fellowship to the Lucas Artist Residency in Saratoga, CA.

Donna’s work has been collected in two well-reviewed anthologies, Beyond Belief and Her Texas. She has written about religion, family and culture for the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American Statesman, Psychology Today, Lion’s Roar, Huffington Post and The Rumpus. She is currently at work on a project that combines investigative journalism with personal narrative.