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Visiting Writer brings new approach for connecting with the creative process

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Visiting Writer brings new approach for connecting with the creative process

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s English Department is hosting author and poet Laraine Herring at its next Visiting Writers Series engagement scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, which will include a writer’s workshop and evening reading.

The first of Herring’s public events is a workshop, which will be held in Ken Raines’ creative writing class at 3 p.m. in the Academic Programs Building, Room #269. “We always request a writer’s workshop from our visiting writers because the more casual environment affords a more intimate, relaxed setting for both new and seasoned writers to learn specific tools and techniques for mastering their craft,” said Tracy Lassiter, EAC English instructor and Series coordinator, who concluded, “We’d like to see as many community members attend as possible. It’s a great opportunity to learn from a professional writer and may serve as just the motivation they need to enroll in a writing class here at EAC.”

The premiere event of the day will be a “performance” during which Herring will read from her work and discuss the content. The free reading will be held at 7 p.m. on March 18, in the Bonita Room of the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center.

Herring is an author, teacher, and counselor. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Counseling Psychology. She has developed numerous workshops which use writing as a tool for healing through grief and loss. She is a playwright and editor, whose work has been widely anthologized and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her first book, Monsoons, was published in 1999; her novel, Lay My Sorrows Down, won the Barbara Deming Award for Women in 2000. Lost Fathers: How Women Can Heal From Adolescent Father Loss, was released in May 2005.

Her latest book, Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice was released in September 2007; and she is currently at work on a third novel, Unbearable Compassion, and a memoir, Between Skins: A Writer Revises Her World.

“Laraine’s book, “Writing Begins with the Breath, ” says Lassiter, “ties writing exercises to the body. Largely based in yoga and meditation practices, Laraine believes that, ‘authentic writing does not come from the intellect as one might expect. Deep writing comes from our bodies, our breath…’ It’s a pragmatic approach that embraces wholeness in order to generate authentic writing.”

For more information about the workshop and reading, contact Lassiter in the EAC English Department at 428-4098.