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Urgent Narratives

  • The Black Labrador 4100 Montrose Boulevard Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)

Urgent Narratives


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Let go of your inner censor and the internalized rules that are holding you back from telling the stories that urgently want to be told.  Our Urgent Narratives retreat begins with a creative exploration on the Menil Campus. It then leads into an afternoon of discovering and creating new ways of telling your stories. We invite you to follow your curiosity down the path to more freedom and authenticity in your storytelling. 

Using the the visual art of some of the Menil galleries and the journals of Frida Kahlo and other artists and writers as guiding examples, participants will playfully explore different techniques for raw creative expression.  Spanish and English-language writer Patricia Coral will introduce strategies to break through self-censorship and present exercises that encourage you to reach outside your comfort zone. Whether you decide to explore new forms and structures, play with colors and textures, or completely overhaul the way you think about your audience, you will see your writing process transform in unexpected ways and take home new tools as well as new-found inspiration. 

*The cover image for this retreat was created using an altered image by Sabrina Ward Harrison. 

Max. participants: 12
Cost: $65

Patricia Coral

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Special Notes:

We'll meet at 11 am in front of the Cy Twombly Gallery for a short introductory talk before visiting some of the Menil Campus galleries. After that, we will stroll (or drive, if you prefer) over to the Black Labrador for a lunch break and our afternoon working session. The Black Lab's extensive menu offers a variety of options for you to purchase, and coffee and tea will be on us! 

Sharing your work is always optional. Facilitation will be in English, but you should feel free to write and share in any language. 

Earlier Event: November 30
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Later Event: December 13
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