The Living Room Workshops
January 7th, 2013- February 11
In this workshop we will explore the essay and its various forms. Students will workshop two different essays, one at the beginning and one at the end, and in between we will explore different forms of the essay: the personal essay, the braided essay, and the lyric essay. In spirit with the French root of the form—essayer—we will view our work as attempts and work together to discover all of the opportunities present to more fully reveal our work.
Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing
January 23- February 20
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
5 weeks –$180
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, work by Margueritte Duras, Alice Walker and selections from “Maus" by Art Spiegleman. Our support text will be the invaluable Judith Herman's "Trauma and Recovery". 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 a writer and teacher in Seattle, WA. She believes that the deep exploration of craft is part of a unique and beautiful healing process for the writer. She is the managing editor of Dark Coast Press. Her work has appeared online at the Oxford American, Drunken Boat, and Qarrtsiluni and in print at Arts & Letters. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, in Spartanburg, SC. She received her MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington. She is also a book designer, yoga teacher, and a student of herbalism.
Contact Corinne: corinne.manning [@] gmail [dot] com