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The Words to Say It: Writing About Illness, Trauma, and Healing

All Levels. By focusing on the craft of writing, we can transform personal experience into art. Readings will include excerpts from: Poetry in Medicine; The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry, Poetry as Survival, and Beauty is a Verb, and the work of Alicia Ostriker, Lucia Perillo, Susan Sontag, Lucille Clifton, Anatole Broyard, and Kevin Young, among others. Each week we will read, discuss, and write. In the last class, students may bring a piece of their own writing to workshop for feedback.

Instructor: Suzanne Edison

Class Type: 5 Sessions


Start Date: 09/23/2017

No Class On: 10/7/2017

End Date: 10/28/2017

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Suzanne Edison

Suzanne Edison, MA, is a poet, educator and former therapist. She has led workshops for parents and medical professionals on the effects of chronic illness on families at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), NIH, and at national conferences for the Cure JM Foundation. She created a writing group for parents of kids with chronic illness at SCH, and the workshop “Teens Writing from the Heart of Illness & Healing” at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, with grants from City of Seattle Youth Arts and 4Culture of King County, WA. She has taught poetry workshops for kids and adolescents. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, from Finishing Line Press, was published in June 2014. Suzanne was interviewed on KUOW’s Weekday radio show January 28, 2013 and several poems aired on January 30th and 31st , 2013.

Some of Suzanne’s work can be found in the following journals and anthologies: Ars Medica, Spillway, EDGE, The Healing Art of Writing, The Examined Life: A Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, and Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening. Her work can be read online at dermanities.com, literarymama.com, and washingtonpoets.org


Writers I Return To: Louise Gluck, Wislawa Szymborska, Rachel Zucker, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell

Favorite Writing Advice: Read, write, read, write

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