Your Body, Your Story: Writing Pregnancy, Abortion, and Miscarriage
This workshop will be co-taught by Monica Benevides and Nora Corrigan. Please visit our Instructors page to read more about Monica and Nora.
GrubStreet’s Your Body, Your Story series focuses on nonfiction writing about pregnancy, abortion, and miscarriage through a reproductive justice lens. Classes in this series are being offered at reduced prices, or at no cost. Full scholarships are available, and a portion of the tuition will be donated to We Testify, a nonprofit organization that supports abortion storytellers. Classes in the Your Body, Your Story series will also feature guest speakers from We Testify who will share wisdom from their experiences of telling their abortion stories. After the series concludes, all participants will be invited to submit writing to an anthology that GrubStreet will put out, in order to increase the visibility of these crucial stories.
Writing Pregnancy, Abortion, and Miscarriage
In this co-taught 8-week workshop, we will read and share stories that explore three topics that are often only whispered about: pregnancy, abortion, and miscarriage. Our stories will highlight the profoundly personal experience of pregnancy, and the profoundly personal choices we must be allowed to make about our bodies. At a moment in time when the ability to choose has been revoked from millions of people, there is an urgent need to share stories that capture the full extent of what it means to grow a body in your body.
In a sensitive and supportive environment, you will bring one essay through two rounds of workshopping, with an eye towards publication. As a class, we will read published examples, hear from guest speakers, participate in small, intimate discussions, and learn about the specifics of publishing on these topics. This class welcomes anyone who feels ready to write about their personal experience(s) with pregnancy, abortion, and/or miscarriage. Essays need not be limited to just one of these topics; this class is designed to address the whole continuum through a reproductive justice lens.
Please note: Class does not meet 11/24.
Other Classes in the Your Body, Your Story Series
Your Body, Your Story: Writing Pregnancy, Abortion, and Miscarriage (AM multi-week, starting 10/20)
Your Body, Your Story: Writing Pregnancy and Delivery (Sunday, 10/30, from 12pm-4pm)
Your Body, Your Story: Writing Abortion (Sunday, 11/6, from 12pm-4pm)
Your Body, Your Story: Writing Miscarriage (Sunday, 11/13, from 12pm-4pm)
Your Body, Your Story: Writing Reproductive Justice (Sunday, 12/4, from 12pm-4pm)
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!
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.
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- Reading Homework
- Writing Homework
- Personal Essay
- Literary Journalism