Workshops

DISQUIET offers core writing workshops in Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir and Nonfiction, as well as the Writing the Luso Experience workshop. These core workshops meet three times per week (M/W/F). In addition, each year we offer unique workshops such as The Fernando Pessoa Game, Performance and Storytelling, and others. These workshops meet formally twice per week (T/R).

We’ll be updating this page for 2020 over the next few weeks as our workshop options develop!

2017



Fiction

These workshops will follow the traditional creative writing workshop model in which students discuss, and critique each other’s work in small groups led by the instructor. Individual workshop descriptions TBA.

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Poetry

Workshop descriptions TBA

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Memoir & Nonfiction

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Writing the Luso Experience with Katherine Vaz

Writing the Luso Experience is a multi-genre workshop that explores the global reach of the Luso diaspora, investigating how the past informs the present, how our heritage shapes our worldview, and how the creative possibilities of classic and contemporary Lusophone literature can inspire us to break boundaries in our own work. Through group discussions, manuscript critiques and craft exercises, we will discover new ways of thinking about literature, writing and our lives.

M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Form and Fantasy with Erica Dawson

Form and Fantasy: In The Book of Disquiet, Pessoa writes, “I see life as a roadside inn where I have to stay until the coach from the abyss pulls up. I don’t know where it will take me, because I don’t know anything.”  When we write, we often don’t know where we’re going. Or, if we do, we have absolutely no idea how to get there. Many poets use the patterns of traditional forms, like sonnets and villanelles, as a map to a finish line.  Oftentimes, though, they lose the wonder and joy of wandering–some of the best parts of writing–along the way.  In this workshop, we’ll read and write while wandering through beautiful Lisbon, playing with poetic forms as a way to help us capture what may seem chaotic, in our imaginations and surroundings, without crushing its charisma. This workshop is open to poets and non-poets alike.”

T/TH, 10AM to 12:30PM Centro Nacional de Cultura

The Fernando Pessoa Game with Cyriaco Lopes, Terri Witek

The Fernando Pessoa Game is composed of a series of creative prompts that invite participants to engage their own practice (in writing, visual arts, performance, etc.) along with their sensitive and physical surroundings. We will examine text in terms of site-specificity, the body, its sensorial reception–and the production of art as a response to scores, to maps, to sets of open-ended instructions.  Encounters will be anchored in brief historical overviews of transdisciplinary and contemporary experimental art. This is an opportunity to expand your artistic vocabulary, to try strategies outside your routine, to adventure yourself into a wonderful world of creative possibilities, all  in the spirit of Fernando Pessoa and in his beloved city.

T/TH, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Place and Setting with Jensen Beach

Writing is necessarily a collaborative act. That is, one of our primary jobs as writers is to provide the sensual raw materials that will allow our readers to conjure up a place and the dramas, actions, events, and emotions that unfold in that place. In this workshop we’ll explore ways we can develop the specific worlds of your prose. We will look closely at the complex and complicated relationship between reader and writer as it is expressed in descriptions of place and setting.

T/TH, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura

Structured Writing Time with The Disquiet Staff

Structured writing time is a chance to schedule yourself some time to reflect, revise, or generate new material while in Lisbon. In the middle of a busy program, this is a block of time set aside for you and your writing, complete with writing prompts for anyone looking for extra inspiration. Disquiet provides the time and space; you provide the content.

T/TH, 10 AM - 12:30 PM Centro Nacional de Cultura

Performance and Storytelling: The Oral Tradition on the Stage and the Page with Arthur Flowers

Storytelling. From the dawn of humanity to the Nobel Prize, storytelling as cultural narrative has been one of the primal functions of the human condition; gathering folk around the sacred fire and passing on essential cultural knowledge. It is through narrative, through storytelling, that we make sense of our lives and our world – and the primal principles of storytelling are still central to literary achievement. From doing dramatic readings to performance poetry and narrative innovation, this seminar will explore the dynamics of effective presentation and performance, the relationship between performer and audience, and the role of storytelling on the stage and in the text.

T/TH, 10AM to 12:30PM Centro Nacional de Cultura


* All workshops are subject to enrollment considerations. Workshops may be canceled if adequate enrollment is not reached.

** Instructors sometimes drop out or reschedule, and, in this unlikely scenario, DISQUIET will replace them and notify participants.