Special Topics in Nonfiction

Writing to Heal

Friday, December 6th, 10:00am-1:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

In this seminar, we will examine how the writing process can serve as a healing tool for adversity and trauma. The course will include an overview of what healing through writing is, and we will look at examples of essays and articles that showcase authors' journeys through grief, addiction, abuse, illness, and war. We will do an in-class prompt that will get students thinking about their own healing narratives. Students will leave the class with an understanding of what effective healing through writing looks like and the tools to proceed with their own narratives.

Scholarship Information

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Jennifer Crystal
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  • In-Class Reading
  • Generate New Work
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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