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The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom (virtual via Hugo House)

Virtual via Hugo House

The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom (virtual via Hugo House)

Saturday & Sunday, 9/18/2021 and 9/19/2021 (two sessions)
1:10 pm - 4:10 pm PT on both days
Investment: $162 for members; $180 for non-members

The creative writing classroom is not an explicitly healing space—yet writers regularly bring their stories of trauma into workshops. What are our obligations to these students as instructors? What are the best practices for managing workshop discussions about potentially triggering material? In this 6-hour intensive hosted by Seattle's Hugo House, learn when writing heals and harms, discuss syllabus disclaimers and content warnings, identify craft issues common to trauma writing, consider how feedback lands in an activated nervous system, and assess your own self-regulation skills.

About the facilitator: Katherine E. Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark 2020),  which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice/Staff Pick and named one of Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020. Her other writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016. She earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and teaches at Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA program.

Kati comes to this work with more than 30 hours of trauma sensitivity training from the Arizona Trauma Institute, a decade working as a sexual health educator, countless hours of personal study, five years teaching trauma writing and working closely with clients, and—most importantly—many brutal years of her own embodied writing work.

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