Honest Writing About Tough Personal Topics


Honest Writing About Tough Personal Topics


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Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Classroom B
Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
$75.00 (tuition includes admission to Wordstock)
taught by Sage Cohen and Penelope Schott / class size limited to 15

Learn different approaches to writing about personal topics like divorce, family relationships and traumatic events.

The poems in Penelope Scambly Schott’s SERPENT LOVE concern a conflict between a mother and her adult daughter. FIERCE ON THE PAGE, Sage Cohen’s book on writing, deals in part with a painful divorce. The mother-daughter writing led to an essay in response by the daughter (which is included in the book) and reconciliation. The divorce writing led to a new and successful mode of co-parenting.

In this workshop Penelope and Sage will discuss approaches to writing about such problems, read some examples of how they tried to do so in a way that was more artful than self-pitying, and let the participants try out their own honest writing about tough personal stuff.

Sage Cohen is the author of Fierce on the Page, The Productive Writer, Writing the Life Poetic, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and hosts the Fierce on the Page reading series in Portland, Oregon.

Penelope Schott has published a novel, five chapbooks, and several full-length poetry books.  Her verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Common-wealth was awarded the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 2008.