The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Art of Process: Writing About Another Process with Reyes Ramirez

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thoren, University Club (view map)
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Mixed Genre
Tags: Narrative, Image, Metaphor

About the Session

Writing often describes work other than the work of writing to build narratives, images, and/or metaphors. For example, what do the chapters dedicated to whaling in Moby-Dick do? The making of chutney in Midnight's Children?  The preparation of lengua in Laurie Ann Guerrero's "Preparing the Tongue"‚ the cutting of greens in Lucille Clifton "cutting greens," the building of a Ford engine in Middlesex? Writing can document the process of other forms for creative purposes, certainly, but how far can this go and to what end? This session will explore instances when literature has used processes to develop, enhance, and/or establish literary modes. Then, we will write our own creative interpretations of processes to inform our own writing. 

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Reyes Ramirez

Reyes Ramirez is a Houstonian. Ramirez won the 2019 YES Contemporary Art Writer’s Grant, 2017 Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction Contest, 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize and has poems, stories, essays, and reviews (and/or forthcoming) in: Cosmonauts Avenue, The Latinx Archive, december magazine, Houston Noir, Gulf Coast Journal, The Acentos Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. Ramirez has been awarded grants from the Houston Arts Alliance and The Warhol Foundation’s Idea Fund.