Why write? “The written word is the limit or shoreline against which the Real breaks into the Symbolic,” Lacan tells us in Liturattere. This seminar is an invitation to explore novel forms of writing to discover what writing may contribute to the experience of formation itself. The aim of the seminar is to introduce writing that works in the curvature of the unconscious, marking the analyst in formation by allowing discovery of surprising linkages to theory, the clinic, and personal analysis.

This seminar introduces participants into a frisson of words and silences, in order to write, to hear and respond to a psychoanalysis of our making, following Freud and Lacan. We will write poetics, word clouds, singular statements and repeating phrases, (re)marks of the clinic, personal analysis, and formation, considering writing as formations of the unconscious in the Symbolic, formations that evoke the Real as an effect.

The seminar invites participants to use and explore five writing forms (to be completed ahead of each of our meetings and shared with the seminar group). When we meet, we will review individual writings and do a series of exercises designed as a launch into the next writing task. Here are a few suggestive forms: A Poetics of the Unconscious; Marks of a Psychoanalysis, A Reply to Brick Walls (lectures by Lacan late in his life); Notes from the Other side of the Couch, Writing that does not Cease to Write Itself, and Six Lessons from Analysis. What are they? Ways to find what’s possible to say, and what’s impossible.

Suggested texts:
Icovich, L. (2017). Marks of a Psychoanalyst (Trans. E. Faye & S. Schwartz). London, Karnac Books.
Kentridge, W. (2014). Six Drawing Lessons. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Lacan, J. (2017). Talking to Brick Walls: A Series of Presentations in the Chapel at Sainte-
Anne Hospital (Trans. A. R. Price). Cambridge, England: Polity.

Serge, A. (2006). Writing Begins Where Psychoanalysis Ends, (Trans. S. Miller), Umbr(a): Incurable, No 1: 143-177.

Fees: $500.00 or School Tuition
Faculty: Annie Rogers, PhD, Analyst of the School
Dates / Time: Monthly, Second Saturdays, September to April, 12:00-2:00PM PST
Where: Online via Zoom, by invitation
Contact: Annie Rogers at anniegrogers@gmail.com