AMYTHYST KIAH CONCERT
FRI | MAY 13 | 7:00
ADD-ON CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE
Writing on the Door:
Health & Healing Conference Schedule
& Workshop Descriptions
May 13-15, 2022
Full Schedule: Health & Healing Conference 2022
🌻 Indicates programs for people who might not think of themselves as "writers"
Friday, May 13
8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration, Check-in, Coffee
9:00 – 10:15 am
🌻 Panel Discussion
with Faith Adiele, Tina Jenkins Bell, Benjamin Garcia, and Jackie Polzin
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Morning Workshop Options
Option 1: Delving Into Sensation with Jackie Polzin
Option 2: Word Medicine: Trauma Informed Approaches to Writing About Addiction, Family Trauma, and Mental Illness with Benjamin Garcia
🌻 Option 3: Finding Your Voice in the Midst of Conflict w/ Tina Jenkins Bell
12:00 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 2:45 pm
🌻 The Wanting Way: How Neurodivergent Writers Bring Us Back to the Path of Joy with Chris Martin and two nonspeaking autistic writers, Adam Wolfond and Imane Boukaila
3:00 – 4:30 pm
🌻 Option 1: Change Your Life, Change the World with Faith Adiele
Option 2: Every Poem Is a House Made for Dancing with Chris Martin
🌻 Option 3: Writing to Heal with Laurin Bellg
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Reception at Write On
Amythyst Kiah concert, Door Community Auditorium*
Saturday, May 14
8:00 - 8:45 am
9:00 - 10:15 am
🌻 Panel Discussion with John Paul Brammer, Anna Leahy, Phillip B. Williams, and Diane Zinna
10:30 am - noon
Morning Workshop Options
🌻 Option 1: Writing About Grief with Diane Zinna
Option 2: TBA with Phillip B. Williams
🌻 Option 3: Life Doula Support for Serious Illness with Marggie Hatala Moertl (10:30-11:30am)
🌻 Option 4: Navigating Grief: Solace Cards w/ Lisa Iverson (11:45am-12:45pm)
Noon - 1:30 pm
1:30 - 2:45 pm
🌻 Option 1: Medical Professionals Who Write
Option 2: Self-Care Energizer with Beth Coleman and Susan Gould (1:30 - 4:30pm)
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Workshop Options
Option 1: Balancing Humor and Sadness with John Paul Brammer
Option 2: Understanding Illness: Metaphors and Meanings Beyond Medicine with Anna Leahy
4:45 - 5:15 pm
Concluding Comments/Community Share
Allison Russell Concert, Door Community Auditorium*
Sunday, May 15
8:00 - 8:45 am
Coffee at the Writing Center
9:00 am - noon
🌻 Forest Bathing with Jane Burress/Doorway to Nature
10:00 - 11:30 am
🌻 Yoga with Kathy Navis/Junction Center Yoga
Health & Healing 2022
Morning: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Delving Into Sensation with Jackie Polzin
We are sensory beings, wired to experience the world through sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. Drawing on the work of others, we will explore the senses as essential tools in mindfulness and in writing. Discover the practice of delving into sensation to find strength in uncertainty and learn the power of choosing curiosity as a path to joy. This session includes guided meditation, exercises in sensory awareness, and time to write.
Word Medicine: Trauma Informed Approaches to Writing About Addition, Family Trauma, and Mental Illness with Benjamin Garcia
Addressing topics like addiction and family trauma in our writing can offer another venue for processing painful experiences. However, writing about issues close to our own lives can carry the risk of hurt or even re-traumatization. Not to mention that presenting this work to the public can leave us feeling vulnerable and judged. In this workshop, we will focus on techniques for prioritizing our wellbeing as we navigate difficult subject matter. We will look to the work of various poets for alternative ways of exploring issues we may not be ready to address directly.
🌻 Finding Your Voice in the Midst of Conflict with Tina Jenkins Bell
Over the last two years, we have been blanketed by negative, life-threatening events, from COVID-19 and its evil variants, to threats of violence and political unrest, to loss and grief, to the struggle to navigate life remotely and in isolation. In so many ways and areas of our lives, we have become pandemic punching bags, and the trauma from taking one blow after another can be exhausting and unhealthy. This 90-minute workshop will focus on using personal narratives as a creative tool for shedding trauma and disappointment on the page while lifting self and others. This is your opportunity to be the master of your own story.
Afternoon: 1:30 - 2:45 PM
🌻 The Wanting Way: How Neurodivergent Writers Bring Us Back to the Path of Joy
In this conversation, poet and editor Chris Martin speaks with two nonspeaking autistic writers, Adam Wolfond and Imane Boukaila, about nomadic pathmaking and the joys of titled thinking. They will discuss how neurodivergence allows for reorientation, moving away from the endless extractions and transactions of the “troubled abled” world and toward the dancing rally of more-than-human life, which is offering us other ways to want, to listen, and to sing. At the heart of this conversation will be an account of pace and place, slowing down and exuberantly gaming the space.
Afternoon: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
🌻 Change Your Life, Change the World with Faith Adiele
Research has shown that writing your story can transform your life. History suggests that perhaps it can even change the world. Yet committing ourselves to writing--just like committing to social engagement or spiritual practice--takes time and faith. This workshop blends guided meditation, writing prompts, short reading and class discussion to re-inspire and renew those of us who need both. New writers will leave with a notebook full of story-buds and a plan; experienced writers can apply these techniques to revisions of book blueprinting. Please bring a notebook/pen in addition to your laptop/table for in-class assignments.
Every Poem Is a House Made for Dancing with Chris Martin
This generative workshop will focus on the formal characteristics and possibilities of the poem; what we might call the architexture. By delving into the etymology of poem-making, we will re-imagine ways to build, shape, dance, party, and heal. At stake in this process will be modes of poetic hospitality, making the poem an invitation and a habitation both.
🌻 Writing to Heal with Laurin Bellg
Through a series of prompted free-writers, participants will explore accessing subconscious spaces to excavate their deepest feelings about a particular situation or condition, be it physical, spiritual, or psychological. Bringing these thoughts forward and contemplating them with curiosity rather than judgment can provide surprising insights, facilitate healing and often result in beautiful works of prose or poetry. Writing to heal is a powerful process for acquiring understanding, solutions, and even resolution of a variety of life’s complexities, providing a valuable tool for working through the inevitable complications encountered along the human journey.
Morning: 10:30 AM – 12 PM
🌻 Writing About Grief with Diane Zinna
Come and explore different ways to write about grief in safe and creative ways. Our session will include a short lesson and some gentle prompts to get us writing together. We will explore how a technique called hermit crab writing can feel healing and strengthening while taking your writing into surprising directions. Beginning writers are especially welcome.
"TBA," Phillip B. Williams
MORNING: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
🌻 Life Doula Support for Serious Illness with Marggie Hatala Moertl
The role of a non-medical Life Doula is to offer holistic support to clients in their loved ones. How this is shared with clients rises from the unique needs of each situation, and where their own creative self leads. Marggie Hatala Moertl will share her experiences with clients facing serious illness and explain her work in more depth. She will talk about each person’s needs for life review and to find closure as serious illness causes us to realize our own mortality. As an author and inner life coach, Marggie naturally includes a variety of writing exercises. These are often combined with body/mind/spirit exercises to help open the client or loved ones to their deepest self. In this session, the group will participate in a writing session designed to demonstrate one of these very meaningful exercises.
MORNING: 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
🌻 Navigating Grief: Solace Cards with Lisa Iverson
Navigating grief, especially that of losing a child, can be unbearable most days. Six months after the devastating loss of her son to suicide in 2019, Lisa began to create Solace Cards to help others experiencing similar situations. Her personal mission, and the mission of the cards, is to bring healing, comfort, love, and joy to those who are struggling. Lisa will introduce participants to her Solace Cards and discuss their evolution, as well as ways in which others can heal and find joy.
Afternoon: 1:30 PM – 4 PM
🌻 Self-Care Energizer with Beth Coleman and Susan Gould
Self-care is an intentional set of practices to promote your own physical, mental, and emotional health. Spend some time examining your current self-care habits and developing your personal vision for a healthy, creative lifestyle. This session will include a quick check-in on what drains or fuels you, a meditative labyrinth walk to center and balance, a journaling exercise to jumpstart your self-care practice, and a vision board that represents your best hopes for well-being. You will leave focused and energized with a better understanding of what self-care means to you.
AFTERNOON: 1:30 - 2:45 PM
🌻 Medical Professionals Who Write
AFTERNOON: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Balancing Humor and Sadness with John Paul Brammer
When is the right time to make a joke? When is the right time to be serious? Brammer’s memoir-in-essays ¡Hola Papi! engages in the Mexican tradition of turning grief into laughter. In this session, we will discuss how to balance tone in a way that’s both bold and delicate while also exploring how Latin American writers have historically specialized in dark humor.
Understanding Illness: Metaphors and Meanings Beyond Medicine with Anna Leahy
By examining examples of both poems and essays, this session will explore how we tell the truth about illness, our own and as caregivers. We'll consider metaphors like the battle, the marathon, the silver bullet, and the handful of spoons. Prompts based on published poems and essays will help us generate individualized ways to put into words not only the physical qualities of illness but the effects on our daily lives.
Morning: 9AM – 12 PM
🌻 Forest Bathing with Jane Burress/Doorway to Nature*
“Be present in nature, and discover what nature has to present you.” Refresh your mind, body, and soul with a slow guided walk in nature, accompanied by a certified nature and forest therapy guide. A standard sequence of invitations (activities you choose to participate in or not), help awaken your senses, encourage you to slow down, be present, and connect with your surroundings. This is a 2 ½ to 3 hour walk covering less than a mile. Refreshments and conversation complete the walk. Doorway to Nature LLC is here to promote wellness, harmony, community, and environmental stewardship by partnering with nature and connecting you with nature’s offerings.
🌻 Yoga for Creatives with Kathy Navis*
*indicates add-on experience