Writing Group: Mind Walk, Scent Wander


Taking inspiration from the imaginative spaces in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, we continue the bi-monthly generative Writing Group. Each meeting will be led in partnership with artists and writers: this week will be led by Soffi Stiassni.

“Memory’s images, once they are fixed in words, are erased,” Polo said. “Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once if I speak of it. Or perhaps, speaking of other cities I have already lost it, little by little.”

If we are divers trying to gaze upon our lost cities now sunken, we need equipment, oxygen tanks, lights, to protect and guide us. We’ll use essential oils to help us breathe below, to see in unlit depths, and, as we resurface on the other side of exploration, to reacclimatize above and to better share out stories.

The session will consist of creative writing exercises and an element of group work! No writing experience necessary, this is an open and inclusive co-creative venture.

Writer, producer and artistic collaborator Soffi Stiassni manages the music project Sundaes. She has contributed poems to Night Gallery’s Night Papers and the Amanda+James American Gothic accompaniment book. Her most recent play No Place Like, a Downtown Reparatory Theater Company production, was staged at the Pico House in Los Angles with support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Soffi graduated from Mount Holyoke College in with a B.A. in English Literature and attended the University of Iowa Young Writer’s Program. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

$5 - Limited to 12 participants.

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