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"The journey of recovery is the Hero’s Journey,” says instructor Alison Luterman. “We search for something outside ourselves, or we are chased by our own demons and run to escape. We go to Hell; we come back from Hell with some wisdom to offer the tribe. It is no accident that so many wonderful memoirs, Lit by Mary Karr, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and everything by Anne Lamott, deal with this messy, ridiculous, heartbreaking, rich process.

"In this daylong class we’ll read and discuss a few excerpts from recovering writers. We’ll examine the connections between creativity and addiction, and look at how different artists grapple with the challenges of being a sensitive person in a bewildering world. We'll do writing exercises to tap into parts of our own recovery story, whether descent, turning point(s), death, or rebirth.

"Sharing in a supportive environment is encouraged, but always optional. You can come to write for yourself, you can come to write poetry or prose, and you can or cannot identify as recovering from whatever demons have come your way. We’ll pay extra attention to the need for humor and grace in the telling of difficult stories."



    Alison Luterman is the author of four books of poetry, including In the Time of Great Fires and Desire Zoo, and an e-book of personal essays, Feral City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Rattle, The Atlanta Review, Catamaran, and many other journals and anthologies. She also writes song lyrics, plays, and is interested in hybrid forms. She has been teaching at the Writing Salon for over twenty years, and has also taught through Poets in the Schools, at New College, at Esalen and Omega Institutes and at workshops and conferences around the country. To learn more, you can visit www.alisonluterman.net.

  1. Saturday, May 5, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Alison is exactly what I was looking for in a writing teacher. She made the classroom environment very “safe” for us as writers and readers. She gave us very solid, specific, yet kind, feedback. She encouraged everyone to participate, by being present and interested when others were talking.”

  • Alison’s teaching style is a delight. She is informal and warm. She guides the group very well and presents a variety of opportunities for expression that certainly helped me grow. I am also touched by the intimacy that the group developed over time…thanks to Alison’s gentle, but firm guidance.

    Naneen Karraker


Saturday, May 5, 2018
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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