Writer As Teacher


With Irene Borger

- Friday, November 8, 1-5pm

Writing Workshop

This four-hour workshop is designed for advanced, published writers who want to create and teach writing workshops in the community, including people living with illness, homeless women, veterans, the elderly and others.

Irene will help the group consider teaching practices and understand the logistics of starting a writing workshop in the community and will provide the keys to running an inspiring ongoing group. She will guide the group in answering the following questions:

  • Why create a pilot program?
  • How to approach a non-profit.
  • How to develop writing exercises that invite risk-taking and move beyond 'journaling.'
  • How to truly listen and give useful feedback.
  • In short: How to use your own developed gifts to inspire others.

Maximum number of participants: 8

Your donation amount $


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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