The Wounded Storyteller


  • Private Residence 85719

6 Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm: January 20- February 24, 2016.

Cost: $170     Location: Private Residence (located one mile north of University of Arizona)

How do we best tell our stories of illness? In "The Wounded Storyteller," participants will explore the possibilities of the book-length illness narrative, sinking into the work of Lauren Slater (Prozac Diary), Bonnie J. Rough (Carrier: Untangling the Danger In My DNA) and Sarah Manguso (The Two Types of Decay). Together, we'll scrutinize the diverse structures of these books, understanding how form can make the timelines, terminology, and nuance of illness manageable. We'll also draw on the work of sociologist Arthur Frank, using his theories on illness narratives to inspire our own writing. Participants can expect weekly reading assignments and writing prompts, and will turn in one essay for peer workshopping in the final weeks of the course. Participants will need to purchase books on their own and read Slater before the course begins. 

NOTE:  This is a private class for previous participants of "The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft."  Please contact me on the form at the bottom of this page if you want to be notified about future classes on writing the experiences of illness.