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How does writing open up space for processing trauma or grief? We will explore the articulation of experience and trauma (lived and inherited), looking at how personal history and identity relate to aesthetics and narrative. We’ll investigate personhood and interspecies communication through exercises in seeing, writing, breathing, and sensing. We’ll study how history and accuracy intersect in creative work, how the limits and failures of language allow us to reach beyond traditional narrative structures, and how memories of trauma are constructed, reconstructed, and might be disruptive to identity and narrative. The workshop will include writing prompts, guided meditations, shamanic practices, mapping, communing with plant and animal beings, and open discussion. Please bring a rock or stone with you.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Class Type: 1 SessionFiction, Multigenre, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose, Visiting
Start Date: 08/17/2019
Days of the Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University. She can be found online at janicel.com.