Once students experience the joy and wonder of working with writing teacher Irene Borger at Smith Center, they always ask for more. Irene has a special gift for helping participants tap into their personal story – the end result is often unexpected and emotionally rewarding. Irene hails from California and it is a true gift to be able to host her at Smith Center. Irene will be here in November to teach classes for three distinct audiences: Experienced writers who want to teach special populations; young adult cancer survivors; and anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
Visit each program page below to learn more and register for the workshop that best meets your needs:
Writer as Teacher, Friday, November 8, 1-5pm
Writing Inside and Out for Young Adults, Friday, November 8, 6:30-9:30pm
Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows, Saturday, November 9, 10am-3pm
About Irene Borger
Irene’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal’s arts page; her interviews with creative people have been featured on public radio. In 1990, she started the writing program at AIDS Project Los Angeles, where she served as artist-in-residence for ten years. Since 2003, she has led writing workshops for people with cancer, and artists at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in D.C. She is the editor of From A Burning House, a collection of writing by people with HIV/AIDS, and caregivers and health professionals. The From A Burning House audio tape, produced by Simon & Schuster, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The recipient of numerous state, federal, local and private foundation grants, she is also the longtime director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, a national $ 75,000 prize given to outstanding, risk taking writers, performers, and artists. Click here for an interview with Irene on creativity and writing.