Posts tagged ‘trauma writing’

Apr 17 2019
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Dive into writing readiness with these 5 tips

Dive into writing readiness with these 5 tips

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie offers some suggestions to set yourself up for success before you even start writing—especially if you’re writing about tough topics. Writing readiness is more than having a dedicated writing space and practice. Especially in the case of writing harder stories or traumas, it’s important to prepare mentally and emotionally for putting memories into words. If you are suiting up for a deep dive into rough waters—or even just a marathon laptop session—here…

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Feb 14 2019
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Your trauma, your truth: Overcoming resistance to trauma writing

Your trauma, your truth: Overcoming resistance to trauma writing

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, who teaches Writing through Trauma to Truth, discusses some of the social challenges to writing about traumatic experiences. Writers who explore their own experiences in nonfiction often grapple with issues related to the sharing of personal trauma. Teaching writing about trauma necessarily means providing guidance on some resistance that writers sharing trauma might face. Reading others’ trauma can be problematic. Recognizing triggers and choosing when and how to access certain topics is…

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Jan 14 2015
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Finding “the heart”: A new course on trauma writing

Finding “the heart”: A new course on trauma writing

I’m so pleased to be teaching a new course through the Center called Writing through Trauma to Truth. I usually blog about ways to develop or strengthen a writing routine. I do so because I’m someone who has needed those tips in the past—the kind of writer who has struggled with getting to the page, and who has figured out some methods that have worked for her. In the same born-of-necessity spirit, Elizabeth Ayres and…

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