Writing through Trauma to Truth
A private online writing course
Next class begins May 30, 2017
Inspiration can bring writers to the page—the first bite of a ripe apple, a snippet of overheard conversation, a quiet walk in the woods. But when something traumatic happens, the call to the page is born of a fierce need to make sense of it; to unravel what can’t easily be felt or said; to stitch torn cloth together again with well-crafted words that make, from struggle, something good and beautiful and true – for yourself and for future readers.
It’s hard work, and worthwhile, but where and how to begin such a healing, transformative practice? In Writing through Trauma to Truth, you work privately with an experienced teacher. You get individualized support as you write through your tough topics. With short readings selected to reflect your experience and guided writing exercises customized for you, you’ll learn how to
- explore the territory of your own painful experiences gently, with compassion;
- establish distance from personal pain by using artistic tools such as persona and symbolism;
- identify the heart of your story;
- re-frame traumatic experience into crafted writing that is meaningful and true.
If you’re an established or aspiring writer with “something to write through,” you’ll get 100% of your teacher’s attention as you discover how to make art from your struggles — art which, ultimately, both expresses and ennobles the “height, breadth and depth” of the human condition.
Developed by Elizabeth Ayres and Stacia M. Fleegal, Writing through Trauma to Truth is suitable for nonfiction, fiction and poetry writing. Read how the course came about in Stacia’s blogpost.
Read Stacia M. Fleegal’s blogpost on the genesis of Writing through Trauma to Truth.
The next Writing through Trauma to Truth online writing class (5 weekly one-on-one sessions) begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and costs $265. (Includes a free pdf copy of Home After Exile, Elizabeth Ayres’ memoir of struggle and transformation.)
Stacia M. Fleegal is a widely-published poet and essayist who’s been nominated for a Pushcart prize three times. In her classes, she strives to develop a dynamic of inclusion, praise, compassion and focus. She’s eager to help writers actualize their wholeness by uncovering their own creative potential.
In her own poetry and nonfiction, Stacia has, time and again, taken up her pen to make sense of what’s happened to herself, her loved ones, her fellow citizens. She invites you to do likewise.