Philosophy

Through the act of intentional writing and critical reading we invite the potential re-imagining of our presence in the world. By engaging in the meaning making process of other writers, examining the ways in which they arrive at some awareness through textures in memories, silences and sounds, the details of life, we become aware of the ways we consciously or unconsciously define the events in our lives. Writing our own narratives, with heart and craft, in turn becomes a journey of working out, engaging in, uncovering, and refining our own process of awareness.

InkRise uses this praxis of intentional writing and critical reading to deconstruct and respond to the ways in which violence affects our lives. If the process of writing is one of deconstruction and re-construction, then reading exposes us to new ways of examining ourselves in the world by witnessing how others deconstruct and re-imagine. 

InkRise engages in a critical reading of others' narratives, to immerse ourselves in exploring how craft and language uncover the way meaning is assigned to memories, thoughts, and perceptions of the self and others. As survivors of violence, readings of texts, and our lives, are informed by a first hand understanding of and sensitivity to the effects of violence and the process of healing. Intentional writing engages that survivor wisdom along with the process of deconstruction/re-construction when we infuse our process with choices in craft, or the shaping of language - the very tools we use to assign meaning in our lives.

InkRise centers the survivor as the expert the way violence affects reflections of the self, interpersonal relationships, and society. Writing practice is used to translate that expertise into narrative on paper, a process that engages the writer in examining the value and meaning of those effects, and leads towards a production of written works that inform other readers, in turn.