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Leif Gregersen

Leif Gregersen

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I have always wanted to be a writer. Even in elementary school I would write and illustrate comic books and the happiest my parents could make me was when they would buy me a pad of blank paper to write on. Struck down by a two severe disabilities at the age of 19, I started to write as much as possible. It took almost 20 years to get a full book professionally edited and self-published, but in the coming 10 years I wrote many more books and articles, and can now honestly say my writing has been to the four corners of the world in virtual reality and in print.



Through the Withering Storm. Createspace, 2011
Inching Back to Sane, Second Edition. Createspace, 2016
Alert and Oriented x3: A Snapshot of a Severe Psychosis. Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020
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Presentation Description

I have put on poetry workshops in schools, given presentations to junior and senior high schools (as well as colleges and universities) regarding mental health awareness, I have written and performed poetry, short stories, and made my own creative writing series of classes (2 hours usually for 10 weeks) as well as classes on the topic of recovering from addiction and mental health issues. 

Presentation Length:
Have done full-day presentations to entire elementary schools (grade by grade) and have extensive experience with everything from one hour to three hours
Poetry/Creative Writing/Mental Health coping and recovery/addiction recovery
Audience Size:
Have extensive experience speaking to everything from 6 person staff meetings to University Lecture Halls as well as larger audiences with radio and television
Workshop Description:

Having written four collections of poetry and five collections of short stories, two YA Novels and three memoirs, I have experience putting on many workshops for poetry, short stories, and more. With poetry I like to start with haiku practice, working on a board and getting audience feedback to write group poems, cover rhyming and non-rhyming poetry and resources for making a person a better writer from using computer software to online resources such as and I always like to try ande inspire my students to reach high by sharing some of my favourite poems, recited with passion, usually Rudyard Kipling's "If" or Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

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