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Writing About Sex Assault


Writing About Sex Assault

Writing about our most difficult experiences can create personal and social change. But how do we regulate our trauma responses, avoid melodrama, and manage the personal exposure and cultural responsibility that come with writing about sex assault?

Over the course of five weeks in June, you’ll learn tools for drafting activating trauma scenes, break down the micro-level craft choices essential to writing about sexual violence, and read the smart, empowering writers currently shaping the cultural discussion. You’ll also benefit from trauma-sensitive feedback from a qualified instructor, and an intimate community of other writers seeking to do this brutal but essential work.

This class includes feedback on up to 10 pages of writing (standard formatting).

1 payment of $495


2 payments of $255

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Katherine E. Standefer is the author of LIGHTNING FLOWERS: MY JOURNEY TO UNCOVER THE COST OF SAVING A LIFE, which was a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, and shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Her previous writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016.

She brings to her teaching more than 30 hours of trauma training from the Arizona Trauma Institute, seven years teaching trauma writing and working one-on-one with clients as a "trauma writing doula," more than a decade as a sexuality educator, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona and a decade of work as a professor at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and-- most importantly--many brutal years of her own embodied writing and healing work.

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