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psychoanalytic writing workshop: creativity in clinical composition

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This workshop will explore the problems and possibilities of psychoanalytic writing.

Why do its generic boundaries and forms seem so rigidly fixed? This tendency seems especially curious (as well as ironic) when we consider the strong emphasis in much British psychoanalysis on nurturing creative freedom and the singular voice.

In the first part of the workshop, we’ll look at some brief extracts of psychoanalytic writing, including Freud, Winnicott, Bollas and Kristeva, which (in my view) embody these virtues. What is it that makes these texts so alive, surprising and relevant to both psychoanalytic thought and clinical practice?

In the second part of the seminar, we’ll explore how we might discover and develop this creative freedom in our own writing. Taking as cues the writing we’ve looked at in the first part, the aim is to open up the discussion to the difficulties participants have experienced in their own attempts at writing about their work (whether in clinical practice, theory or both). I will talk a little here about my own writing process and how my recent work is intended in part as an attempt to explore the thematic and formal boundaries of psychoanalytic writing.

The aim of the workshop is emphatically not to be prescriptive. Rather than setting out a strict canon of principles for good psychoanalytic writing, it will ask how our writing might be enhanced through the embrace of curiosity, difficulty and pleasure.

The workshop is suitable for clinical practitioners, trainees and anyone else interested in writing about psychoanalysis.


about the course leader

Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is the author of many books and articles on modern literature, cultural theory, and psychoanalysis, including "How to Read Freud", "The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark" and his most recent book, "Not Working: Why We Have to Stop".


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Standard ticket £ 40.00
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