This drop-in online class will integrate elements of narrative therapy, support group, and writing practice to explore the intersection of writing and healing. The three-hour session on Zoom will not involve structured critiques or workshopping, but rather be run as an open-ended support group, with a structured writing prompt at the beginning and an opportunity for participants to share work. Themes will include coping with uncertainty, honing one’s writing practice, utilizing poetry as a means of healing, and traversing the insecurities and challenges that come with being a human being and a writer.
Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist. Her debut poetry collection, Atrium (Three Rooms Press, 2012), was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Four Cities, her second collection, was published by Black Lawrence Press, and her most recent, Hijra, was selected as a winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2016. Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published to rave reviews by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She has been awarded a number of fellowships, including Lannan and Yaddo residencies, and she has led literary workshops in a variety of settings, including the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and the Lemon Tree House Residency in Italy. She lives in Brooklyn.