Sunday, September 08, 2019

Writing to Heal

5 Wednesdays in Oct.
6:30-8:30 pm
$125. email me if interested
I don’t know what I would have done, all through those long years that my husband suffered from Alzheimer’s, had writing not been an integral part of my life. Writing provided me with a way to center myself, all the while Alzheimer’s threatened to unravel, unhinge and destroy. Writing continues to help me heal from life’s surprises and also helps me celebrate them.
Bring a notebook, a pencil or pen. Take a seat at my table. I’ll give you a prompt – a poem, say. Or a piece of conversation—and begin writing. In any form or style that comes to mind. Don’t worry about commas, semicolons, question marks or spaces. Just write - scribble, ramble - until I tell you to stop.  Then, if you want, you’ll read, or talk about, what you’ve written.
Writing elicits insight. It fosters self-understanding & personal growth.

Writing helps us remember ourselves in the past. It uncovers silences & secrets & helps us confront suffering & loss.

Esther Altshul Helfgott is a non-fiction writer & poet with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. She is the editor with Peggy Sturdivant and Katie Tynan of the forthcoming anthology So, Dear Writer… An It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series Anthology (Cave Moon Press, 2019). She is the author of Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s (Yakima, WA: Cave Moon Press, 2014; Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems (Yakima, WA: Cave Moon Press, 2013); The Homeless One: A Poem in Many Voices (Seattle: Kota Press, 2000). Her work appears in American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human SciencesBeyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's DiseaseBlackPast: Remembered and Reclaimed; Blue Lyre ReviewCirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific NorthwestFloating Bridge Review; HistoryLink; Journal of Poetry Therapy;  Literary Mama;  Pontoon;  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy ReviewRaven Chronicles, Ribbons; Seattle Star; & others. She is the founder of Seattle's It's About Time Writers’ Reading Series, now in its 29th year; and she, especially, loves the poetry pole her kids built her for Mothers’ Day.  
From 2008 to 2015, Esther wrote the blog, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, for the Seattle P.I., her best example of writing to heal.

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