Online: Zoom

Writing about Mental Health: Nonfiction Intensive

Friday, March 31st, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
21 seats max
Mental health issues are often branded "taboo" and, as writers, they can be some of the most vulnerable and challenging topics to write about. In this class, we'll dive headfirst into these treacherous waters and discuss strategies for crafting compelling, emotionally resonant nonfiction about mental health. We'll study works by Roxane Gay, Sarah Hepola, and more, and uncover ways to write "un-put-down-able" memoirs and personal essays that take readers to dark, human places. We'll also discuss strategies for self-care and "productive procrastination" so you can stay well during the writing process.

Through in-class writing prompts and craft lessons, you'll leave class with a toolbox of ways to write powerfully about even your most difficult stories.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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Katie Bannon
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  • Book-Length Memoir
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