Geography of Grief Extended

Reading, writing, and ritual with Jennifer Springsteen
Incorporating live and self-paced structure

Dates: Three Sundays, November 8, 15, 22; and self-paced participation the weeks of Nov 8 & 15
Time: 2pm to 4:00pm
Location: PDX Writers Online Studio
In addition to those Online Studio dates, there will be two weeks of self-paced work using our online platform with videos, essays, and writing prompts for participants to engage and reflect upon. 
Cost: $200


We are experiencing collective grief now in addition to  our own personal grief, both past and present.

Writer and activist Francis Weller defined five gates of grief:
  • First Gate: Everything We Love, We Will Lose
  • Second Gate: The Places That Have Not Known Love
  • Third Gate: The Sorrows of The World
  • Fourth Gate: What We Expected and Did Not Receive
  • Fifth Gate: Ancestral Grief
​In this workshop, we'll examine Weller's gates of grief and discover where those gates intersect with one another in our experiences. We'll map our stories of love and loss, tracing memory and connection through writing, reading, rituals and feedback. Participants will be invited to create their own "grief altar" to share with the on our last day of workshop. 

This workshop is appropriate for all genres of writing: poetry, fiction, and memoir, as well as for all levels of experience. Loss and grief can be defined any way the writer perceives it.

Please note: at our final Online Studio workshop, we will lift up our joys and reaffirm ways we can take action for collective grief, ideas for self-care and a commitment to return to tending our grief when needed. We will part with spirits raised.