Writing the Imaginal w/ Lidia & Brigid Yuknavitch



  • Fri, 8/10/18: 7 - 9 pm
  • Sat, 8/11/18: 11 - 5
  • Sun, 8/12/18: 11 - 5
  • We have coffee, tea, and light snacks on hand at all times. Friday evening, beverages will be served. On both Sat and Sun, we will take a one hour lunch break, for which you are on your own. We have award winning food carts right outside our door, as well as a cool indoor food court of sorts, where 'Portland Famous' chefs have counters (including Salt and Straw!), just 2 blocks away. 

WHERE: Corporeal Center: 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

COST: $400

We navigate with words, but before we have words we have desires, images, feelings, pains, numinous experiences, dream fragments, rhythms--a chorus of the body's languages.

In this writing workshop we are going to approach writing through the imaginal, or pre-writing exercises that are, like dreams, less precise, less organized than language, and full of meaning. We will show more than tell to begin a creative process. You will then write from these pre-verbal imaginal expressions, pulling in their depths. We'll use objects, gestures, images, colors, animals and more as prompts to write from the shores of your inner worlds. By using symbols and symbolic action to express these intimations prior to writing you touch inner forms and ideas that are archetypal, subjective, complex and alive with energy. You bring more of the wild, unknown and real into awareness and into your writing. Our group energy itself will be a particular imaginal space we generate.

If you are working on a piece of writing, this movement through symbols and imagery can also open up the process in unexpected ways or allow something deeper to walk in. Whatever your writing form, these psycho-active prompts can open your creativity, your inspired thinking, and your deep knowing.  These practices can support you in your ongoing writing.