Ever since the pandemic, we've all had to shift our thinking around the word "home." Whether you've transitioned to working from home or moved to be closer to family, "home" looks and feels different from what it did before 2020. Even prior to that, many writers have wrestled with the idea of home, and all the questions that come with it. Is home the place you were born, or the place you envision being in the future? Is home synonymous with family? What happens when you’ve been away from home for a long time, and come back to find it unrecognizable? How, and when, does a person decide whether or not to call a new place their home? Should a place automatically make a person feel “at home,” or should people strive to change a place to make them feel that way? In this class, we’ll look at some excerpts from various texts, and try a few writing exercises to wrestle with these questions ourselves.
My name is Yurina Yoshikawa (née Ko), and I’m a writer, editor, and instructor living in Nashville, Tennessee.
I grew up moving back and forth between Tokyo and California, and I’ve spent most of my life feeling like a Japanese person living abroad, or a foreigner living in Japan. I have a B.A. in philosophy from Barnard College, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University, where I taught undergraduate writing for several years. Afterwards, I worked in the publishing industry in New York City in both editorial and publicity departments. And finally, in the summer of 2017, I made the big move to Nashville, Tennessee with my husband, where I started working as a creative writing instructor with The Porch.