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Wednesdays on the Stoop: Izzy Lopez

May 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesdays On the Stoop, a series of free programming by Zoom every Wednesday from 4 pm – 5 pm. The sessions are designed to be a constant structure–every Wednesday at 4 you can count on Blue Stoop to plug you into your writing energy with an informal and supportive space.

Collage art, or the practice of making artwork from various materials and objects, has served as a second part practice and creative pursuit for many writers. Making a collage can get you out of your head when stuck on a draft, can provide insight into a new way of looking at a story, and can enrich your writing practice by zooming in on images to enhance your narratives. In memoir writing, collage offers a unique opportunity to reflect on memories through a new lens and opens up new narrative path ways to tell our story.

In this one-hour workshop, we will pair collage art and memoir writing to explore the possibilities for non-linear, image-based memoir. Lead by writer and collage artist, Izzy Lopez, in this workshop you will create a collage from found materials, i.e. old magazines, newspaper, photos, construction paper, ephemera, etc that speaks to a specific memory. You will then write a brief personal essay, 500 words or less, in responses to this collage. By taking your writing practice out of words and into images, you will discover new narrative paths for your memoir writing and sharpen your reflection skills.

Izzy Lopez is a writer and collage artist whose work seeks to uncover the extraordinary in everyday experience. Izzy writes memoir and personal essays and is interested in family, coming of age, and memory. For collage, Izzy uses found/free materials to create work that is as personal as possible and often explores queer identity, body image, and beauty contructs. Izzy’s writing work has appeared in  Penn Appétit, The Red Cedar Review, r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal, F-Word Magazine, and The Penn Review, and her collages can be found on Instagram @izzylopez_art. In 2019, Izzy received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in South Philadelphia with her boyfriend, cat, and heaps of craft supplies.


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