Esther's Writing Works
for Memory, Healing & Art's Sake



THURSDAYS APRIL 3 - 24, 2014 10 AM - 12 NOON &

WEDNESDAYS OCT. 9 - 30, 2013  1:00-3:00 PM

525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103
REGISTER AT 206-297-0875

Keeping a written account of your caregiving experiences helps you remember the ups, as well as the downs, of caregiving. it helps you focus, refine your thoughts, counter isolation and loneliness, while also helping you to develop creating writing skills. instructor will help you record your caregiving story via in-class discussion. beginning and experienced writers are welcome. instructor esther altshul helfgott is a non-fiction writer and poet . her work on caregiving appears in "beyond forgetting: poetry and prose about alzheimer's disease, journal of poetry therapy, fraglit, & elsewhere. she is the author of dear alzheimer's: a caregiver's diary & poems (cave moon press, 2013) and the blog witnessing alzheimer's: a caregiver's view" at

Past Workshops and Panels

Privately taught class: "Poeming the Silence - A Women's Writing Workshop"  2008-2013

Witnessing Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s View  - The Pantoum as Healing Tool," National Association for Poetry Therapy, "Writing the Winds of Change" Conference, Chicago, April 27, 2012

Workshop: "Poeming the Silence - A Women's Writing Workshop," Greenwood Senior Center, March 1, 2012, 10:00 am - noon

"Dr. Edith Buxbaum and the Development of Seattle Psychoanalytic History," University of Washington, May 19, 2011

Panel Moderator: "Writing Women's Biography" with Dorothy Cordova, Mildred Andrews, Susan Starbuck - PEN Washington, Seattle chapter of PEN International Richard Hugo House, Seattle, Tues. November 16, 2004

"Writing Edith Buxbaum" ProseWest Reading Series, Wit's End Bookstore, Seattle Wed. May 19, 2004

Poetry Panel: "Process and Product" Redmond Association of Spokenword, "Poets in the Park" Weekend, Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA., Sun. April 4, 2004

"Dr. Edith Buxbaum and the Application of  Psychoanalytic Pedagogy in Post-World War II Seattle" Pacific Northwest Historian's Guild Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Sat, Mar. 6, 2004 

Talk on The Homeless One: A Poem in Many Voices, Abnormal Psychology class,
Cascadia Community College, November 3, 2003

Northwest Bookfest, Spoken Word Panel, October 18, 2003

Reading Shirley Kaufman with Linda Clifton, Emily Warn, Ken Shiovitz  
& Pesha Gertler, Temple Beth Am, June 15, 2003

Censorship and the Development of A Writing Self, Censorship and the Right to Dissent Panel, PEN Washington, April 15, 2003

Red-Diaper Baby, The Writer and Politics Panel, PEN Washington, Aug. 20, 2002

The Poet's Words. Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry Peace,  Seattle Public Library,  March 2002

Irena Klepfisz and the Poetry of Exile.  North Seattle Community College, 1999

Edith Buxbaum, Women's Biography and the Writing Process, University of Washington, Independent Women's Scholar's Group, 1995

Edith Buxbaum, Ph.D., Child Psychoanalyst - The Seattle Years: 1947 - 1982, Oral History Workshop #41: Women in the Early History of American Psychoanalysis, American Psychoanalytic Association, 12/94

Irena Klepfisz's Keeper of Accounts and Cynthia Ozik's `The Shawl,' University of Washington, Women's Studies, 1993

Themes of Home, Exile, Self and Other in Irena Klepfisz's Early 1970's poem, `Death Camp,' University of Washington, Women's Studies, Oct. 1992

Irene Kelpfisz, Jewish Feminism and the Construction of a Social Self: A Psychoanalytic-Feminist Perspective, Judaism, Feminism and Psychology Conference: Creating a Shelter in the Wilderness, Nov. 1, 1992.

Jewish Feminism and Identity Politics, National Women's Studies Association, Towson University, Towson, Md., Nov. 1989

Women and Creativity, Panel on Women's Creativity, Women's Studies, University of Washington, 1989

"Midrash on Ruth and Naomi," Torah and Blintzes: Tikun Lail Shavuot Study Vigil, Congregation Beth Shalom, June 8, 1989

Jewish Women's Spirituality, Edmonds Community College, 1980s

Women's Clubs, YWCA, 1980s

National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle Section, Women's History Conference, University of Washington, 1980s

Jewish Women's Spirituality, Conference on Women's Spirituality, Antioch University, Seattle, 1981

Origins of the Seattle Council of Jewish Women: 1900-1910, Early Seattle Panel, Seattle Women's History Week, University of Washington, March 12, 1981

Women's Role at Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle, Museum of History and Industry, Washington State Women's History Panel, 1980

National Women's Party and the Equal Rights Amendment, Western Washington University, 1972