Transformative Writing for Turbulent Times
A writing workshop
with Nick Jaina
and Olivia Pepper
Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25
11am - 3pm both days
Pay what it's worth to you
Pablo Neruda wrote, "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."
When writing taps into the power of one individual's mind uncoupled from a rote-thinking society, it can be more devastating than any weapon. Convential arms only impact in a single wave, whereas powerful writing can last for as long as humans are around to read it.
This will be a writing workshop dedicated to the personal and political power of writing.
On our first day we will focus on writing intimately and truthfully about ourselves in a way that reclaims power. We will use techniques from symbolist poets, Transcendentalists, and meditative writers, working at the intersection of creativity and spirituality.
On our second day we will look at turning that writing towards social issues. We will gain inspiration from great texts such as Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," Elie Weisel's "Night," and other writings that have had significant social impact. We will learn where we stand on important issues by reviewing techniques from social activists such as bell hooks, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Malcolm X.
Nick Jaina was a 2016 Oregon Book Award finalist for his memoir Get It While You Can. He also co-wrote the chapbook "Lessons on Fighting the Black Snake at Standing Rock."
Olivia Pepper is a mystic, an herbalist, a tarot reader, and a scholar of mythology and alchemy.