Group meets twice a month, generally on the first and third Friday of the month,
6pm – 8pm, at the Flood Building, 870 Market St., San Francisco

The Fall 2009 dates are: 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 11/6, 11/20

New participants are welcome to join at the beginning of each trimester
(September, January, April).
Minimum of one trimester (3 months) commitment required.  
Fee: $80 per trimester

To request additional information and to sign up
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Writing Group Formation
"LETTERS"
Lutecium a non-school
of
Lacanian/Freudian Psychoanalysis
San Francisco, California
"A letter always arrives at its destination."
- Lacan on The Purloined Letter
Lutecium announces the formation of LETTERS -- Writing Group dedicated to the written word as a
fundamental process of funneling the unconscious towards consciousness through the radical
movement of writing. The letter, that gives rise to the acoustical dimension of phonemes -- besides
being the smallest unit of signification bears an absence of meaning. The letter carries a lack within
language to uphold any overall meaning or metaphor. The letter has the potential to be lost, stolen,
or derailed by another signifier that then gives rise to an alterior, less obvious reading of the
unconscious.   

The letter also connotates the letter as a place where an intimate exchange of ideas, thoughts and
the details of life can be recorded for a designee, for prosperity, for the possibility of the preservation
of the writer's intended meaning. The letter can be personal, intimate, revealing, and interpreted by
many.

The letter's quality of absence and presence speaks to both the inherent lack in language to uphold
any single or totalizing "cohesive" meaning, and the capacity of words to speak to the subject's
desire. Desire ultimately shatters the more primitive need for mirroring or recognition by any "one"
Master/ Institution, idea,  or authority. In the Lacanian work desire dissolves primary narcissistic
identifications enabling a knowledge of the unconscious to be heard through both the defensive and
revealing properties of language.

I believe in many cases the writing process enables writers to experience the movement of the unconscious through language. Writing
requires one to write in service of the hidden parts of oneself as to an Other. The private space of writing requires one to place their
head down, so to speak, avoiding the constant social cues and feedback occurring during face to face communication. Like the couch,
writing forces a confrontation with our own personal and idiosyncratic language and speech organization, our contradictions, our loss
for words, and finally we face giving up the word product that was us, before it's fall from the body. Its shifting meanings when placed in
the world of Symbolic/Others returns the letter to the chain of signifiers through which it originated. "A letter always arrives at its
destination" (Lacan).

We open an invitation to speak in service of desire that warrants at times a confrontation with lack and isolation, the withstanding of
exile in order to continue to listen to the unknown, the unconscious, and the human desire to reveal to an Other what has been
glimpsed through a singular confrontation with one's life, one's mortality, the REAL. Jacques Siboni reminds us that fortunately for us,
Lacan's work really began following his exile from the IPA.

The words that emerge when succumbing to desire rather than placating need, as in Lacan's case, often becomes that "voice" in the
midst of Others to be reckoned with. What becomes the risk of our own voice. Lutecium opens and protects the space to risk finding
words that pronounce our differences. Difference enables the arbitrary letter, the letter that by itself means nothing, to find its place
and make meaning through its placement beside other letters. The letter fades and rescinds into a word, into a meaning, where it
carries the possibility of many different potential arrangements; thus further meaning, never ending. The letter traces the
boundlessness of the unconscious.                         

Our Writing group is an open writing/critique group that invites anyone with an interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis and the
unconscious and anyone with a love of language and of writing -- a forum to workshop ideas, receive feedback, and find suitable
outlets for potential publication and presentation for completed writing projects.

In keeping with Lutecium's Psychoanalytic formation, LETTERS strives to create an interdisciplinary, intercultural and intergenre
environment to offer writers an opportunity to increase their writing proficiency through the challenge of addressing a broad range of
listeners.   

Rebecca Bauknight, Ph.D.
President
Group meets twice a month, generally on the first and third Friday of the month,
6pm – 8pm, at the Flood Building, 870 Market St., San Francisco

The Winter 2012 dates are: 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/2, & 3/16

New participants are welcome to join at the beginning of each trimester
(September, January, April).
Minimum of one trimester (3 months) commitment required.  
Fee -  Members: Free / Non-members: $80 per trimester

To request additional information and to sign up
Click Here