Scars & Stretch Marks: Memoir Writing On The Body In Portland

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Saturday, June 6
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
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This memoir-writing workshop is the writerly equivalent of jumping out of an airplane. We begin with the question “how would you describe your relationship to your body?” In this workshop, memoirist, performer and body image expert Virgie Tovar teaches the art of engaging storytelling by bringing the spoken word to the page. Tovar views memoir as a powerful tool of political engagement, connection and healing for both the reader and the writer. Writing on a subject of great vulnerability lends powerful opportunity for the writer to find their voice. Expect to over-share! Incorporating discussion, exercise, feedback and a reading, this workshop offers writers of every genre and level of expertise a primer in memoir-writing, with special attention to finding your voice.

Virgie Tovar is a life-long fat girl who writes extensively about the intersections of gender, race and size as well as chihuahuas, tiramisu and the power of cleavage. She is an author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press) and the mastermind behind #LoseHateNotWeight. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Yahoo! Front Page, Al Jazeera, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide. Find her at
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