Healing the Fractures: Writing from Deep Experience


Healing the Fractures: Writing from Deep Experience


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Saturday, November 10, 2018
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Classroom C
Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
$75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival)
taught by Neil Aitken class size limited to 15

Loneliness, pain, loss, uncertainty, and illness — the human condition is filled with moments that are unfair and unkind, and we often turn to writing to make sense of what is happening around us and within us. How do we move away from the perception that we are broken and in need of fixing? Using generative writing exercises, we will mine memory, family history, and fractured narratives of the self to build writing practices rooted in compassion and imagination. Open to all levels of writers.

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry: Babbage’s Dream (Sundress) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga), which won the Philip Levine Prize, as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press). He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, and his own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals.