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Thursdays, Jun 23 - Sep 1
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 meetings
  • Summer 2022
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  • Online
Room: Zoom Room 5


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Words Bear Witness: Writing About Trauma

As human beings, we’ve all experienced trauma, no matter how big or small. During this immersive writing workshop, we will define trauma and explore its relationship to language and healing. We will discuss issues of safety, memory, and ethics, as well as methods of writing about trauma that don’t re-traumatize the writer or the reader. We will examine how trauma disrupts the language centers of the brain, and how poetic devices grant us access to the sensory images, metaphors, and patterns that stitch our memory fragments into a more complete narrative. Poets and memoirists such as Gregory Orr, Sharon Olds, Audre Lorde, Lidia Yuknavitch, Kiese Laymon, Roxane Gay, Lacy M Johnson, and Melissa Febos will guide our path. Each class will include teaching, reading, and workshopping submitted pieces. The hope of this class is to reclaim language in the places it was once taken, and in doing so, to reclaim lost fragments of the self. If you have an important personal story you want to tell but do not know how to tell it, then this class is for you. Recommended for students with some poetry or memoir experience and time to commit to their personal writing process.

Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.

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  • September 1

The MuseTeacher: Libby Kurz

Prerequisite: Open to writers with some workshop experience