Dark Forest / Light Forest: a creative writing course on loss

Deadline October 10, 2023

Dark Forest / Light Forest is a 6 week, online, creative writing course with the theme of loss. 6 sessions total, once per week on Sundays, from 3-5 PST on Zoom. Session dates: October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th. Cost: $200.00, payment plans available as well as limited low-no cost spots.

This creative writing course explores loss and grief through poetry, reading, writing, reflecting, self-care, curiosity, and community building. Each week will include work packets to do at your own pace and each session will make space for discussion, connection, and generative writing.

The prompts are designed to be inclusive, intersecting, holistic, tender, inquisitive, and flexible. You can engage with what speaks to you or return to it at a later time. There is no requirement to complete the work in order to show up to each class.

This class was originally taught in 2020 with 21 participants in 4 weeks. This version has been extended by 2 weeks to include deeper community building.

Plenty of more details can be found at: http://catiehannigan.com/darkforestlightforest

About the instructor:

As an instructor, I pull from years of experience teaching, studying education, and as a practicing artist.

I received my MFA in Poetry in 2017 and a Death Doula training completion in January 2021.

Most recently, I was the instructor of the year long Portfolio Program in Poetry at the IPRC in Portland, OR, from 2018 – 2023. I have also taught workshops and mentored in the MFA in Writing program at PNCA. Additionally, I have taught at local community colleges, alternative education spaces, and my own courses.

I am influenced by Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop by Felicia Rose Chavez, and teaching to transgress by bell hooks. I have completed Bystander Intervention Training and a workshop on how to teach creative writing from a trauma informed perspective.

It is my hope to be less of an instructor and more of a guide. I try to create a container for students and artists to explore material from a point of meaning that is unique to them. I believe in a classroom that deemphasizes white supremacist values (perfectionism, independence, etc.) and emphasizes intuition, collaboration, and care.

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