Lincoln Memorial University

Writing to Heal with Abigail DeWitt


The artist Georges Braque wrote, “Art is a wound turned into light,” and the poet Mark Doty asked, “What is healing but a shift in perspective?” In this workshop, we’ll explore a specific set of writing exercises you can use to expand your capacity for healing or simply to deepen your writing practice. Several of the techniques come from a course in Expressive Writing taught at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine; others are ones I’ve developed over thirty years of teaching fiction and memoir.  Put together, the exercises allow us to experience both memory and the present moment in new ways and to discover how we can use shifts in point-of-view to transform our lives. Everyone is welcome—this is a class for writers and non-writers alike.‚Äč

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Abigail DeWittABIGAIL DEWITT is the author of the novels, LILI (WW Norton) and DOGS (Lorimer Press), and a just-finished collection of stories, THE SEX APPEAL OF THE FRENCH. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, nominated for a Pushcart, and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts, and the Michener Society.






For more information contact:

Joe Gill, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre at 423.869.6265 or or

Darnell Arnoult, LMU Writer-in-Residence at or 423-869-7170.


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752