Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching a one-hour virtual introductory class on writing through trauma for nonfiction writers as a part of the Indiana University Writer’s Conference. As an interactive feature of the conference, writers and instructors were able to conduct polls regarding their classes.
I asked several questions of my participants. One was whether or not respondents had intentionally written through trauma, to which 28 out of 32 respondents said yes. My follow-up question speaks to the heart of Writing through Trauma to Truth, the trauma writing course I teach here at the Center. I asked whether writers knew to perform a written self check-in after trauma writing. Of 21 respondents, eight said no.