Writing the Personal Trauma Essay (Tucson, Arizona)

Kore Press

7 Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30pm: March 12, 19, [SKIP 26], April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Hosted by Kore Press in Tucson.

Writing can be healing. But writing can also re-traumatize, making it difficult to tell the stories that shape us. In this workshop, writers gain an understanding of how the physiological processes of trauma interact with a writing practice. Drawing on published essays about sexual and domestic violence, and writing to surprising, innovative prompts, we'll explore craft challenges specific to trauma, including fragmentation of memory, the temptation of melodrama, elevating a personal story into a universal inquiry, and the beauty of owning on the page our complicated, contradictory selves.

This class is not a support group. Nor is it intended to take the place of mental healthcare. But for those who have already begun to resolve physiological traumas, it will offer a stable, supportive environment to begin writing the stories that, well told, have so much to offer society. This class caps at twelve participants. 

Writers should also plan to complete weekly readings and writing prompts, and will have the opportunity to receive supportive feedback from the group on one of their original essays if desired.

Class cost: $350 

Payment plans are available. A non-refundable deposit of half the total cost is required to hold your spot. Please contact me if this cost structure makes the class inaccessible to you. If nine slots fill, two scholarship slots at $200 each will open. E-mail me to join this waiting list at kestandefer[at]gmail[dot]com.


Katherine E. Standefer's debut book, Lightning Flowers, is forthcoming from Little, Brown Spark in early 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Her work appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction. She earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and teaches in Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA Program. She is a Certified Sexologist who draws on more than 30 hours of trauma sensitivity training. Read more at www.KatherineStandefer.com.


325 W. 2nd Street Room 201 Tucson, Arizona

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