Topography of Self: Writing Workshop with Sara Blackthorne

Sat, September 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Workshop Series at The Sou’wester

Topography of Self: Writing Workshop with Sara Blackthorne


Topography of Self: (n) the way places infuse, inspire, and invade our writing life

Topography of Self is an investigation into the way place appears in our writing. It is a road map to the places we have lived, breathed, dreamed, and suffered. Designed to infuse your work with sensation by pushing you deep into your own sense memory, this course will inspire, enlighten, and enliven your work.

The places we go, the landscapes we discover, change and alter us. Our journey to new territories inspires us, and these locations leave traces of their being in our hearts. Exploring the impact these places have on our souls and psyches gives us new insight into our experiences and fodder for our writing. It changes the way we talk about place. Our place.

Rooting into the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, we will use writing prompts, images, smells, and sounds to dig deep into our image vocabularies and discover our internal geography. Through this discovery, we begin to write the stories that mirror the topographies of our journey to this moment.

A writer, editor, creative coach, and intuitive ritualist, Sara Blackthorne brings her love of mystery and the journey to her writing and art. She can often be found wandering along the beach, in the forest, or a city street. Her first chapbook, Wander, explores the topography of self.

COST: $40

BRING: Notebook, writing instruments, photograph or object representing their favorite place (suggested but not required.) Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack. Hot tea and coffee provided.

All workshops are open to the public.

All Skill Levels Welcome.

RSVP via or 360-642-2542


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