Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: Writing Workshop


With Irene Borger

- Saturday, November 9, 10am-3pm

Spaces are now filled for this program, but if you are interested in participating, we would be happy to place you on a waiting list. Please email adrienne@smithcenter.org for more information.

Therapeutic Writing Workshop The sources of our writing life are close at hand: What we have seen, heard, smelled, touched and been touched by, what we remember, how we have befriended words. We will work with simple exercises that invite discovery, playfulness, and no less important, a bit of exhalation. We will write.

No prior experience is required. Materials provided. Please bring a bag lunch.


About Irene Borger

Irene Borger Writing WorkshopsIrene’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal’s arts page; her interviews with creative people have been featured on public radio. In 1990, she started the writing program at AIDS Project Los Angeles, where she served as artist-in-residence for ten years. Since 2003, she has led writing workshops for people with cancer, and artists at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in D.C. She is the editor of From A Burning House, a collection of writing by people with HIV/AIDS, and caregivers and health professionals. The From A Burning House audio tape, produced by Simon & Schuster, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The recipient of numerous state, federal, local and private foundation grants, she is also the longtime director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, a national $ 75,000 prize given to outstanding, risk taking writers, performers, and artists. Click here for an interview with Irene on creativity and writing

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