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Surviving Trauma and Writing into Resilience

Creating art from our most difficult experiences isn’t easy. It can often feel as if we’re sinking in the swamp of memory rather than crafting a compelling narrative. But, along the way, we’ve been pulling ourselves up by branches. In this class I hope to help you discover whatever your branch may be and work to craft a narrative of not only surviving but of finding your way to healing. We will look at essays by Melissa Febos, Elissa Washuta, Layli Long Soldier, and Terese Mailhot, write to several prompts, and discuss the complexities of being a narrator both vulnerable and empowered.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Sasha LaPointe

Class Type: 3 Sessions

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Start Date: 03/14/2021

End Date: 03/28/2021

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$162.00 Member Price:
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$180.00 General Price:

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Sasha LaPointe

Sasha LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Lushootseed language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. With strange obsessions revolving around Twin Peaks, the Seattle music scene, and Coast Salish Salmon Ceremonies, Sasha explores her own truth of indigenous identity in the Coast Salish territory. Sasha holds a double MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in creative nonfiction and poetry.

Her memoir Red Paint is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press.

Her collection of poetry, Rose Quartz will be published by Milkweed.

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