Co-Dependencies: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma - 2/15/20

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Co-Dependencies: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma - 2/15/20

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Co-Dependencies: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma

Workshop Leader: Janice Lee

When: Saturday February 15th, 2020 10AM-4PM (w/ 45min lunch break)

Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Cost: $250 (sliding scale available for QTBIPOC students—email Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com)

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“What really exists is not things made but things in the making.” –William James

“How other kinds of beings see us matters. That other kinds of beings see us changes things.” –Eduardo Kohn

How are the frames of reference and relationships between and of living beings activated? That is, how do different bodies and worlds articulate each other, or, how do we learn to be affected? How do we reconcile personal experience with historical fact? How do we reconcile history with memory? How do we reconcile truths with other truths? How does writing open up space while processing trauma or grief?

How does writing open up space for processing trauma or grief? We will explore the articulation of experience and trauma (lived and inherited), looking at how personal history and identity relate to aesthetics and narrative. We’ll investigate personhood and interspecies communication through exercises in seeing, writing, breathing, and sensing. We’ll study how history and accuracy intersect in creative work, how the limits and failures of language allow us to reach beyond traditional narrative structures, and how memories of trauma are constructed, reconstructed, and might be disruptive to identity and narrative. The workshop will include writing prompts, guided meditations, intuition exercises, shamanic practices, divination, mapping, unbinding wounds & trauma, communing with plant and animal beings, ceremony, and open discussion.

Please bring a rock or stone with you.

Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 3 books of fiction: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), and 2 books of creative nonfiction: Reconsolidation(Penny-Ante Editions, 2015) and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, plant & animal medicine, inherited trauma, and the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University. She can be found online at http://janicel.com.

The Corporeal Center houses all of Corporeal Writing's Face2Face workshops, readings, and open community hours Tues through Friday, 12 - 6. We are located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Portland. We are on bus lines, close to the Max line that goes to the airport as well as the Amtrak station. We are within walking distance to many hotels, some of our favorites being The Society Hotel ($), Embassy Suites ($$), Hotel Monaco ($$) and The Nines ($$$). With a bar, delicious burger joint, fresh salad bar in our building, a food truck lot out the front door, and Pine Street Market only a 3 block walk, food options abound.