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Sat, Oct 14 | 3:30-4:30pm

Writing Workshop: Cat Person and the Enduring Relevance of the Short Story

  • Presented by The Porch and the Belcourt Theatre

Led by Susannah Felts of The Porch

Writing Workshop: Cat Person and the Enduring Relevance of the Short Story

General Admission: $30 ($25 for Belcourt and Porch members)

Presented in conjunction with Susanna Fogel’s film CAT PERSON, opening at the Belcourt on Fri, Oct 13

Where were you when “Cat Person” broke the Internet? When Kristen Roupenian’s short story was published in the New Yorker in December 2017 — at the height of the #MeToo movement – it was a viral explosion, leading to weeks of online debates about sex, dating and gender. As the Belcourt opens the film adaptation of the viral short story, our education and engagement program presents a collaborative workshop with The Porch. In this workshop, we’ll celebrate the continued relevance of the short story and to provide writing prompts for your own work. With Porch co-founder and co-director Susannah Felts, we’ll read excerpts from “Cat Person” and discuss why it holds value on a literary level. Participants will receive writing prompts and an opportunity to briefly share their work and get feedback. The workshop is designed to be taken immediately prior to the 4:40pm screening of CAT PERSON. Movie tickets sold separately.

About Susannah Felts
Susannah is a writer and cofounder/codirector of The Porch, a literary arts organization based in Nashville. She has been awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. Susannah is a contributing writer for Chapter 16 and a lifestyle-books columnist for BookPage. Her essays and fiction have appeared in publications such as The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, Joyland, Guernica, Catapult, Literary Hub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Longreads, StorySouth, Oxford American, and others — and her first novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, was published by Featherproof Books. She loves the (new) Belcourt and has happy memories of the old Belcourt. 

About The Porch
The Porch inspires, educates and connects writers and readers of all ages and stages through classes and literary events. Workshops at The Porch are rigorous yet welcoming, encouraging creative expression while sharpening knowledge of craft. Led by experienced teachers, our classes allow participants to learn from one another in a supportive atmosphere.