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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

The Ghost of You: Writing About Traumatic Loss

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Losing someone abruptly and traumatically due to events like homicide, suicide, addiction (and others), comes with feelings that range from guilt, confusion due to unanswered questions, and of course, pain. Writing about that loss is hard, and as difficult as it is, there is way you can turn that pain into something: a story for others to read, understand, and maybe even to take action. In this 3-hour seminar, we will talk about the ways you can turn your grief into stories, memoirs, poems, or even op-ed articles. We will read short excerpts from published writers like Patrick Michael MacDonald, Jesmyn Ward, David Tomas Martinez, to see what route they chose. After writing, we will workshop for feedback in the company of others that have similar pains, and you will leave the day with a better idea of what story you want to tell, whose story, and writing to work on further. You may come to class with a piece they already started, or with the goal of creating something new.

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 using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!