March 31, 2019
1:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT
Instructor: Nina Corwin
There’s an extensive body of poetry that makes creative use of myth and breathes new life into archetypal figures. This work offers ways to engage with aspects of ourselves through metaphor, image and emotion. Such poems can speak on multiple levels, allowing us to personalize, explore and develop a more intimate connection with the archetypes evoked by our personal and clinical experience. This kind of poetry also offers an opportunity to revisit and rewrite our own psychological narratives.
In this workshop, we’ll look at some relevant examples, both to appreciate them as artistic expression, and to consider how they might be applied meaningfully in our clinical and/or personal work. You will have a chance to engage creatively with a mythic character or journey that has some meaning for you or one of your clients. The subject you choose might attract you, frighten you, repel you or represent an aspect of you that needs empowering. We’ll examine ways to alter the voice, plot or characters to give them new meaning – one that reflects who you are as an individual.
About the Instructor
Nina Corwin, MA, LCSW leads a double life. By day she has a private practice in Chicago, having worked on the forefront of advocacy and treatment of survivors of childhood sexual abuse from the late 80s until writing and performance took over her non-clinical hours in the mid-aughts.
By night she’s a poet whose published collections include Dear Future (2017) and The Uncertainty of Maps (2011). Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, Southern Poetry Review, and Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. Corwin has been nominated twice for the prestigious Puschcart Prize. She’s also a champion of established and emerging women and non-binary writers around the country as the curator for the Woman Made Gallery Literary Series.