Mythology and Depth Psychology: A Crash Course for Writers

01/13/2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET


Charlotte Lit's Studio Two
1817 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205


Whether you’re journaling your way through a difficult time, penning the first draft of a poem, or working on a novel, you’re dealing with one or more of the same archetypal images and psychological patterns that undergird all human experience. In this two-part class, poets and C. G. Jung scholars Kathie Collins and Larry Sorkin will engage participants in a depth psychological reading of a foundational myth and explore creative works emerging from that myth’s inherent archetypal patterns. Then, you’ll be invited to dream the myth forward through the creation of your own poem, short story, song, or essay. In the process, you’ll gain a better understanding of essential mythological patterns and common psychological terms and learn how to employ both to create deeper, more self-aware personal writing and better-rounded, more complex fictional characters. This class meets on two Thursdays, January 13 and 20, 2022.

About the Instructors: Charlotte Lit co-founder Kathie Collins is a writer, poet, and lifelong student of Jungian psychology. She thrives in the in-between space from which dreams, creativity, and stories emerge. Kathie is happiest when she’s sharing that space with others and delights in the process of helping students transform their lived experience into gold. Kathie co-leads and serves as a memoir coach in Charlotte Lit’s Authors Lab program. She earned her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also serves as adjunct faculty. Kathie’s poetry has appeared in Kakalak, BibleWorkbench, Immanence, and Between. Her chapbook Jubilee was published by Main Street Rag in 2011.


Larry Sorkin is a some-of-the-time North Carolina poet, a part-time business man, and an occasional performer of poetry with The Bechtler Ensemble. He presents workshops exploring the connections between poetry and fine arts, dance, music, and depth psychology. He is poet-in-residence at the Airy Knoll Arts Project. Poetry didn’t come to Sorkin until his forties when he fell under the infectious influence of Robert Bly. He considers it a calling to spread the passion. He often holes up on his ridgetop overlooking the Piedmont, daydreaming into the fields and onto paper. His poetry collection Uncomfortable Minds was published in 2021.

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