Sep 26, 2012
CLASS - Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing (October 8-November 12, Mondays 7-9)
Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing
Richard Hugo House
October 8-November 12
Maybe you went on a road trip and figured it all out, or had a psychic tell you to take care of your feet, or survived, or learned to use your loss in a new way. In this safe space we will use methods that explore the outlying regions of our memories. Through numerous exercises we will learn to stay present with a significantly difficult memory and allow it to transform from experience to narrative. We will also look at selections from narratives of healing: “Waking” by Matthew Sanford, “Heaven’s Coast” by Mark Doty and “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe. Through this process we can begin to gain power over the event and shape it into a structure that heals readers just as purely as it healed the writer.
Corinne Manning is from Neptune, New Jersey and currently resides in Seattle, Washington where she is the Managing Editor for Dark Coast Press. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writer’s Project in Spartanburg, SC. Her fiction has appeared online in Drunken Boat and Qarrtsiluni and her nonfiction will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Arts & Letters. She co-founded the Other Means Reading Series in Brooklyn, NY; a monthly literary event that highlighted a different non-profit each time. She received her MFA from UNC Wilmington where she was a Teaching Assistant in The Publishing Laboratory.