Writing through Trauma to Truth

A private online writing course

Next class begins Oct. 31, 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 now led by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie. This course is suitable for nonfiction, fiction and poetry writing, and now includes a continuation option called Recovery through Craft (WTT 2).

writing through trauma to truthRead Stacia M. Fleegal’s blogpost on the genesis of Writing through Trauma to Truth.

Class Schedule

The next Writing through Trauma to Truth online writing class (5 weekly one-on-one sessions) begins Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 and costs $265. (Includes a free pdf copy of Home After Exile, Elizabeth Ayres’ memoir of struggle and transformation.)

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Your Instructor

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie is an essayist, fiction writer, poet, editor and writing coach. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-StationRole Reboot[wherever]The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7.  To date, she has helped establish three growing publications includingThe Relationship Blogger where she is working to bring diversity into the existing conversation of relationships and mental health.

Shawna’s writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain. As a coach, Shawna supports writers at all levels (including those who have never written before) in transmuting trauma to joy using the page.

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