Writing Through the Cracks: self-forgiveness and compassion in memoir writing

Wed, June 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Summer 2018 Workshop Series

 Writing Through the Cracks: self-forgiveness and compassion in memoir writing with instructors Cooper Lee Bombardier & Gina Senarighi 


“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

To write about pivotal events from our own lives requires a reckoning with our pasts. How do we interrogate ourselves to get at the truth of our stories when the details do not always shine a glamorous light upon us? Writing Through the Cracks will give you tools to get vulnerable in your writing, scrutinize the past from a place of compassion, and help you to discover the story beneath your stories. Join educator, coach, consultant, and professional shame slayer Gina Senarighi and nonfiction writer and educator Cooper Lee Bombardier for an engaging, accessible, and intensive writing workshop at the beautiful and historic Sou’wester Lodge. Writers of all levels are welcome!


Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in Portland, OR. His work appears in many publications and award-winning anthologies, most recently in The Kenyon Review, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Original Plumbing, and The Rumpus, as well as the anthology The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues. Cooper’s visual art was recently curated in an exhibition called “Intersectionality” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. He’s taught writing at the University of Portland, Clark College, PSU, PNCA and at various Portland-area high schools as a writer-in-residence through Literary Art’s program Writers in The Schools. www.cooperleebombardier.com

Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a communication consultant, sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in queer love polyamory, open relationships, jealousy, and infidelity. She’s been leading retreats to build courage and slay shame in LGBTQ community across Washington and Oregon since 2003. www.ginasenarighi.com


COST: $50

BRING: an open mind, a couple of pens and a notebook or paper to write in/on. A legal pad with a cardboard back is ideal! If people like to write on laptops, great, but we cannot guarantee access to outlets for everyone in the workshop space. Please bring a sack lunch and/or snacks. Hot tea and coffee provided. 1/2 hr lunchbreak and optional beach walk afterward This workshop is for students age 14 years and up, 20 students max.

RSVP: souwesterfrontdesk@gmail.com or 360-642-2542


The Sou’wester Lodge at 3728 J Place, Seaview, WA 98644


This class is part of the Summer 2018 Workshop Series. All classes are open to the public and all skill levels welcome. Visit www.souwesterlodge.com/calendar to see the full schedule of artist-led workshops.






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