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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 5-week class we’ll read excerpts from some of the memoirs listed above. 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. Students will write the first draft of their own recovery story, including descent, turning point(s), death, and rebirth. We’ll all pay extra attention to the need for humor and grace in the telling of difficult stories.



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  1. Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Sunday, November 5, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Sunday, November 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Sunday, December 3, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Sunday, December 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • 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


Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 2:00 am PDT
Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:30 am PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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