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Autotheory, Maggie Nelson and Unconscious Process in Professional Writing

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Autotheory, Maggie Nelson and Unconscious Process in Professional Writing

Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00am to 12:30pm
The Blakely Building
2271 NE 51st St
Seattle, WA 98105
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 The class is now full.  Please contact Gillian Vik at if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

This class is the second in a series offered by the Forum Conference Committee in anticipation of the 30th Anniversary Forum Conference on Theory and Practice. The Alliance is hosting a series of workshops to support the psychoanalytic community in generating their Forum proposals. We are especially interested in cultivating new, unheard voices, and from our early-career and student members.        

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This workshop will explore Maggie Nelson’s framework of autotheory and how to use unconscious process to discover new ways of thinking about professional writing.  The instructors will use writing prompts to cultivate curiosity and generate ideas that could be used for the 2019 Forum conference. Each participate will have an opportunity to experiment with writing a proposal and getting feedback from the group.  The instructors will address the difference between reading a paper and presenting a paper, what conference committee readers look for in proposals, and how to integrate personal, professional and theoretical content and voice within presentation proposals.

Participants can be of any theoretical orientation and previous writing or presenting experience is not required.

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  • Participants in this seminar will learn about Maggie Nelson’s autotheory and how it can enhance professional writing.
  • Participants will learn how to include unconscious process as part of their writing experience.
  • Participants will learn skills how to turn a piece of writing into an engaging presentation.
  • Participants will use class time to begin writing a one page idea that can be shaped and edited for a Forum proposal or for future writing projects.


Michael Allison is a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, WA. He co-teaches in the SPSI APP program for psychotherapists. He is co-chair of the NWAPS Forum Conference and is a member of the Dog’s Desire Writing Collective. He has presented his essays at the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education and at the NWAPS Forum Conference.

Rachel Newcombe, is a psychoanalyst with a private practice on Orcas Island and Seattle, WA. She teaches for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Seattle (RPPS) and co-leads with Karol Marshall the Dog’s Desire writing collective. She is on the board of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education and Woman In the Woods Productions.

Her writing has appeared in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalytic Perspectives,  fort/da, Hippocampus, Paragraph Planet 7x7LA, Heroin Chic and elsewhere. She is interested in bridging creative non-fiction and psychoanalytic writing.

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