“Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult” ONLINE with ire’ne lara silva

Learn strategies for writing about the hard stuff. 

Whether we’re writing from personal experience or on behalf of our characters going through difficult life experiences, it can be challenging to write poetry or prose that is alive, present, authentic, and risky. In this workshop, we’ll be trying several different approaches to really enter those places and find what we need there–for ourselves and our characters. Open to writers of all levels and genres. http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/WritingtheDifficultSilva2020

  • You’re writing fiction, memoir, short stories, or poetry about difficult life experiences.
  • You’re interested in learning different approaches to writing difficult stories.
  • You have a hard time writing about traumatic or difficult experiences.
  • You want to write something true and real.



ire’ne lara silva is the author of three poetry collections, furiaBlood Sugar Canto, and CUICACALLI/House of Song, an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and was the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. ire’ne is currently working on her first novel, Naci, and a second collection of short stories titled, the light of your body.

Check out her website at irenelarasilva.wordpress.com.