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  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Writing Difficult Topics
  • Writing Workshop

Writing Hard Topics

with Faith Adiele

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

A Full Day Workshop in Two Days
Saturday & Sunday, November 6 – 7, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET


Creative writing can be therapeutic for mind and body, as Dr. James W. Pennebaker, chair of the psychology department at the University of Texas, Austin, has established in his well-regarded research on the health benefits of expressive writing. However, in this workshop, we will go beyond the healing function more towards a transformation with the craft of writing used to tell difficult stories that need to be told and make meaning out of the messes that often keep us mired and in a state of limbo.


This workshop will explore the challenges of writing about hard topics like trauma, group oppression, secrets and grief. These topics can feel overwhelming for both author and readers. Taking inspiration from Aristotle’s writings on metaphor and rhetorical appeals, we will learn how to identify larger themes with topics and storylines that make the reader care.


In this workshop we will focus on:

  • How to find the story and theme in your topic
  • The role of research
  • How to avoid cliché, harming readers, or compassion fatigue
  • Diverse literary strategies and techniques

We will then experiment with empowering literary strategies like humor, lyricism (a quality that expresses deep feelings/emotions in an inspired work of art), innovative structure and “telling it slant ” this term comes from Emily Dickinson’s poem, as she put it, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.” This means that in order to tell the truth about life-changing situations as a writer, we should do it without overwhelming the reader.

As the truth may need to be stated indirectly, or it may be too powerful to be taken in all at once and if not prepared, the reader will reject it as not true. Join Faith who will teach us how to communicate our most important moments in life with grace and compassion through our writing.


Note: This is a writing workshop for all levels, from those who are beginning writers to those who are experienced writers who wish to fine-tune their writing skills.


Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Learn to forgive, surrender and find acceptance for what is.
  • We will enter a state of making meditation, creating art in memory of what we lose and what we love.
  • We will breathe into our senses for inspiration and honor the waves of emotion that we experience on this journey.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS COURSE

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM WITH ELYSA FENENBOCK

(3 Sessions) Wednesdays, December 1 – 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET
Good Grief! Rituals
MORE INFO | REGISTER HERE

Writing Hard Topics

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  • 2 Session(s)
  • Nov 06 2021 1:00 PM ET

Members

$140

Non-Members

$160

Faith Adiele is a renowned memoir writer and one of the few women of color recognized as a travel writer. Named as one of Marie Claire Magazine’s “Five Women to Learn From, Faith is the author of the memoir Meeting Faith, an account of becoming Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun that won the PEN Open Book Award.

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