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Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: The Trauma Essay (Salt Lake City, UT)
Oct
19
9:30 AM09:30

Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: The Trauma Essay (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Lifelong Learning at University of Utah (map)
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Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this one-day intensive, writers learn how the physiological processes of trauma and shame interact with a writing practice, use writing activities adapted from clinical practice to sidestep trauma writing stumbling blocks, and dive into the craft choices that help us tell the most powerful versions of these difficult yet necessary stories.

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Unlocking Tough Stories (online)
Nov
25
to Jan 13

Unlocking Tough Stories (online)

Our most powerful stories can be the most brutal to write, leaving us frustrated, traumatized, and stuck. What gets in the way? How can we push forward without damaging our mental and physical health? In this 8-week nonfiction class online through Catapult, we’ll build a craft toolbox for unlocking urgent stories that have so far resisted telling.

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Writing the Trauma Essay (New York, NY)
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Writing the Trauma Essay (New York, NY)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this two-day nonfiction intensive in New York City, we’ll gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, explore craft challenges specific to trauma, and practice owning on the page our complicated, contradictory selves.

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Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Seattle, WA)
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Seattle, WA)

In this 12-hour weekend intensive at Seattle’s Hugo House, writers explore what it means to write “crazy,” from the quiet stutterings of mental illness to the way violence echoes in us. Beginning with an overview of how physiological trauma and shame interact with our writing, this class will explore personal exposure, self-characterization, wild syntax, and the danger of melodrama.

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Unlocking Tough Stories (online)
Aug
6
to Sep 24

Unlocking Tough Stories (online)

Our most powerful stories can be the most brutal to write, leaving us frustrated, traumatized, and stuck. What gets in the way? How can we push forward without damaging our mental and physical health? In this 8-week nonfiction class online through Catapult, we’ll build a craft toolbox for unlocking urgent stories that have so far resisted telling.

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Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Tucson, AZ)
May
7
to Jun 11

Part Monsters: Writing "Craziness" (Tucson, AZ)

  • University of Arizona Poetry Center (map)
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In this six-week class, writers explore what it means to write “crazy,” from the quiet stutterings of mental illness to the way violence echos in us. Beginning with an overview of how physiological trauma and shame interact with our writing, this class will explore personal exposure, self-characterization, wild syntax, and the danger of melodrama.

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3rd Annual I Sing the Body Electric : A Literary Bacchanal (Tucson, AZ)
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

3rd Annual I Sing the Body Electric : A Literary Bacchanal (Tucson, AZ)

"If you can't talk about something, you can't think about something," writer Eula Biss told Krista Tippett. Join me in April as alumni of my classes-- writers of sex, illness, and trauma-- read together for the 3rd Annual Literary Bacchanal on the patio at Tucson Hop Shop.

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Unlocking Tough Stories (online)
Apr
8
to May 27

Unlocking Tough Stories (online)

Our most powerful stories can be the most brutal to write, leaving us frustrated, traumatized, and stuck. What gets in the way? How can we push forward without damaging our mental and physical health? In this 8-week nonfiction class online through Catapult, we’ll build a craft toolbox for unlocking urgent stories that have so far resisted telling.

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The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Tucson, AZ)
Mar
12
to Apr 30

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Tucson, AZ)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this weekend intensive, writers gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, considering craft challenges like the fragmentation of memory, engaging dramatic material without melodrama, elevating a deeply personal story into a universal inquiry, and owning on the page our complicated, contradictory selves.

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Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Jackson, WY)
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Jackson, WY)

What stories does a body have to tell? In this 3-hour workshop at Teton County Library, we’ll use the powerful anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays to unlock the stories folded into our limbs and organs, considering how different forms and voices allow us to make meaning from our corporeal histories, and writing to prompts that help us excavate and illuminate the stories we contain.

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The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Seattle, WA)
Jul
7
to Jul 8

The Other Side of Fire: Writing the Trauma Essay (Seattle, WA)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this weekend intensive, writers gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice, considering how writers manage craft challenges like the fragmentation of memory, engaging dramatic material without melodrama, elevating a deeply personal story into a universal inquiry, and owning on the page our complicated, contradictory selves. Hosted by Hugo House in Seattle. 

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Into the Grey: Writing Complicated Sex in the Era of #MeToo (Tucson, AZ)
May
18
to May 19

Into the Grey: Writing Complicated Sex in the Era of #MeToo (Tucson, AZ)

In this two-day intensive, we'll commit to bringing to light nuanced, thoughtful explorations of the grey space between sex and sex crimes. Letting the #MeToo movement inform our space, here we'll wrestle with sex's inherent uncertainties; here we'll examine our own complicated desires concerning power; here we'll pen the events that, with a slight twist, could have ended up so differently. 

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Persona, Archetypes, & Exposure: Writing the Complicated Self (Tucson)
Apr
3
to Apr 24

Persona, Archetypes, & Exposure: Writing the Complicated Self (Tucson)

  • University of Arizona Poetry Center (map)
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There is a great temptation to airbrush ourselves on the page, and yet this leaves us not only less trustworthy on the page, but less interesting. In this nonfiction seminar, students will explore how the contradictions in their personalities—the gaps between dirty laundry and grace—are the most interesting space. Hosted by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. 

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Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Tucson)
Dec
3
to Dec 10

Beautiful Flesh: A Body Writing Workshop (Tucson)

What stories does a body have to tell? In this two-day workshop, we’ll use the anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays to unlock the stories folded into our limbs and organs, considering how different forms and voices allow us to make meaning from our corporeal histories. On January 14, we'll share our work at a public reading in Tucson Hop Shop's sunny beer garden: a body we have written together.

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Conference Presentation: The Other Side of Fire: Toward An Embodied Pedagogy for Trauma Writing (Iowa City, IA)
Oct
12
10:30 AM10:30

Conference Presentation: The Other Side of Fire: Toward An Embodied Pedagogy for Trauma Writing (Iowa City, IA)

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that make us who we are. In this workshop at The Examined Life Conference in Iowa City, IA, participants will explore how what an embodied, trauma-sensitive pedagogy has to offer the creative writing workshop.

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I Sing The Body Electric: A Literary Bacchanal
Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

I Sing The Body Electric: A Literary Bacchanal

"If you can't talk about something, you can't think about something," writer Eula Biss told Krista Tippett. Join me in late February, as alumni of my classes-- writers of sex, illness, and trauma-- read together for the first time on the patio at Tucson Hop Shop.

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