Writer’s Heroines and Heros

Spring 2012

This conference will examine the personal heroes that provide inspiration for our writing. Analysts and writers will tell their own personal stories of the people who influenced their work. They will describe in detail the ideas of their valued thinkers, writers and teachers, and reflect on what it was about their own dispositions that drew them to these men and women. They will then reflect on how their own work has changed in response to these influences. The goal of the conference is to explore the role of identification, idealization, conflict and defense in our professional development as writers and analysts.


DON CHIAPPINELLI, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Fredericksburg, VA.  He is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program, as well as New Directions, of which he is now a Co-chair.  Along with Gail Boldt and Oren Gozlan he will be coordinating the Fall 2012 New Directions weekend, Queering the Couch.  Don is a mid-life career changer, having been a professional and fine-art photographer in NYC for more than 15 years before becoming a psychotherapist.  His writing is mostly memoir and fiction, some of which has been published in the New Directions Journal.  Writing heroes include Nancy Drew, Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Christopher Isherwood, Joan Didion, and Tom Lamb. Photographer heroes include Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Jan Groover, and Cindy Sherman.

RICHARD M. WAUGAMAN, MD is Training & Supervising Analyst Emeritus, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University. Forty of his more than 100 publications are on Shakespeare and on the psychology of pseudonymity; most of these can be found on his website, www.oxfreudian.com.

BO LANE HOLLAND writes, “To become a writer I was raised in a family of farmers, engineers and schoolteachers. I dreamed of becoming a rancher in West Texas but read books about sailing ships, oceans, and Napoleonic Era ports of harbor.  I studied all the wrong subjects (accounting, logic, architecture) at all the wrong schools.  My first book, Faces, was written on folded construction paper discarded by my second grade teacher and contained a list of my guesses about what people were thinking based upon the looks on their faces. Grammatical ESP. My only audience was my imaginary but very long-lived Uncle Oscar who permanently instilled in me the knowledge that everything important has to be kept secret or someone would ruin it for you.  Naturally I failed miserably at any writing class where ‘writing what you know’ meant describing the things of the external world which were the very things that I was the least sure of.  So attempting to describe myself and my credentials is a fool’s errand which probably, in itself, describes me best.”

LAUREN WOLK graduated from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in English and American Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. Since then she has worked as, among other things, a writer with the Battered Women’s Project of the St. Paul American Indian Center, a senior editor with Nelson Publishing in Toronto, a freelance editor and writer, a magazine feature writer, a high school English and Creative Writing teacher at Sturgis Charter School, Assistant Director of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center, and now Associate Director at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where her work involves programming, development, education, and public relations.

Lauren is also a poet whose work has appeared in roger, Nimrod, PrimeTime, Cape Women, A Place of Her Own, and elsewhere. Her first novel, Those Who Favor Fire, was published by Random House in 1999. Her second, Forgiving Billy, won the Hackney Award and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Editor’s Book Award. It awaits publication. She is currently at work on her third novel, a collection of poems, and the assemblage art she has exhibited at galleries on Cape Cod.