Throughout history, people have transformed their anger and grief into wisdom and beauty through the use of language. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that writing may have a particular power to heal because of its formal, reflective quality, its distance from—yet intimate relation to—the body.
Are you curious about this transformative power, or engaged with an intense personal experience you’d like to write about, but are not sure how to start? In this introductory, multi-genre class, a safe and respectful environment will be created so that each week, through focused journaling, deep listening exercises and explorations in narrative, performance and poetry, we can together investigate creative writing as both a transformative personal practice and a means of bearing witness to the world.
Through class and small group activities we will also examine the various stages of the creative journey and work together towards establishing both inner and outer places of safety. In addition, the complex connections between personal, social and environmental witnessing, and the merits of diverse forms of literary expression—narrative versus non-narrative, fictional versus non-fictional—will be touched upon. Time will be made available for either group or individual feedback on student writing, if requested. Students should be prepared to engage deeply and take full responsibility for their individual well-being, as this is a writing course and not a form of therapy.