Philip Kenney

Philip Kenney, The Writer's Crucible: Meditations on Emotion, Being, and Creativity


Portland psychotherapist and author Philip Kenney joins us to read from his book The Writer's Crucible, a book intended not as a guide to writing but as a guide to being a writer. The book aims to provide a map for navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life by helping writers understand the psychology of vulnerability, with perhaps the most common vulnerability being the persistent sense of shame, and of not being good enough. This troubling insecurity, often present in even the most successful writer, can undermine creativity. By understanding the psychological underpinnings of this insecurity, writers can begin undoing emotional constrictions and begin connecting with an inner source of spiritual nourishment, allowing creative energies to move with greater freedom.

Suzy Vitello says "There is so much wisdom and gentle love in this book," and Erin Littlewood says " many writers and creatives will find [this book] indispensable on their journey toward their best work, and ultimately, within themselves."

Philip Kenney is a practicing psychotherapist in Portland. He did his post-graduate work in British Object Relations at the Washington D.C. School of Psychiatry and has taught Self Psychology as part of his private practice. A long-time meditator and poet, Mr. Kenney is the author of the novel, Radiance, and a collection of poetry, Where Roses Bloom. He strives to bring together the worlds of psychology, creativity, and spirituality in his work.



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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The Writer's Crucible: Meditations on Emotion, Being, and Creativity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629015248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inkwater Press - January 12th, 2018