Writing Workshop with Leila Chatti: Demons, Ghosts, and Skeletons in the Closet: Writing What Scares Us

Join us on Saturday, October 31st, for a generative workshop with featured reader Leila Chatti:

Demons, Ghosts, and Skeletons in the Closet: Writing What Scares Us

This workshop will focus on strategies to write the scary stuff—our personal demons, our kept secrets, the things that haunt us, and the frightening world we live in. We will read poems by Sharon Olds, Vievee Francis, Jamaal May, and others and use prompts and techniques to begin crafting poems that face fear, engage with it, refuse to look away.


Space is limited to 20 participants.

The workshop will take place virtually via Zoom with Otter Live Captions. An ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of workshop materials will be made available via Google Docs.

Register for the virtual workshop by clicking on the "Registration" button on the Eventbrite page, donating any amount you can, and entering the required fields. You will receive an email with the Zoom information.

Suggested donation of $5.

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Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020) and the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a Provost Fellow. Her poems appear in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Find her at www.leilachatti.com or on social media: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook at @laypay.