Classes in January and February

Winter classes are now full but there will be more classes starting in March. If you have questions about The Living Room Workshops email me  at If you’re jonesin’ for some winter writing consider a Writing Mentorship or check out Hugo House’s rad workshop schedule.

Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing (Class Full)
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  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.

Nonfiction Workshop (Class Full)
January 7th, 2013- February 11

Monday, 7-9pm

6 weeks–$215

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.

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