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The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom

October 23 and 24, 2021
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (two sessions)

$145

The creative writing classroom is not an explicitly healing space—yet writers regularly bring their stories of trauma into workshops. What are our obligations to these students as instructors? What are the best practices for managing workshop discussions about potentially triggering material? In this 6-hour intensive, learn when writing heals and harms, discuss syllabus disclaimers and content warnings, identify craft issues common to trauma writing, consider how feedback lands in an activated nervous system, and assess your own self-regulation skills.

This class is limited to 15 students.

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Katherine Standefer

Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which is a Finalist for the 2021 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. Lightning Flowers was also selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice/Staff Pick, named one of Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020, was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA. She lives on a piñon and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.
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