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  • Seminar
  • In-Person: Seaport

Exits & Entrances: Writing In & Out of Wounds

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
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Class Description

How do we write as we wrestle through the psychogeography of placemaking trauma? Can sorrow & grief lead to an emergence in our writing, especially for writers who are traversing their own cultural histories and ancestral cartographies? In this session, you will begin to identify the exits and entrances of wounds, allowing your stories to be exploratory, enlisting the work as a map, using “sorrow as the cartographer” and wounds as decolonial. Writing prompts & readings will act as a guide to generative entrances into the writing. The readings will inspire writers into the "positive foregrounding" of grief along with writing prompts that can lead to doorways into the stories.

Author readings include: Bayo Akolomafe, Joy Harjo, J. Drew Lanham, Tommy Orange, Lydia Yuknavitch, Lauret Savoy, and Ocean Vuong.

Open to BIPOC writers of all genres.

Scholarships Format/Location

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 detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.

Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.