UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 11, 2020. This workshop has grown from a single class to a four-night workshop.
Dates: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 13, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Find your time zone.
Location: Online via Zoom. You don’t need an account–just a computer!
Faculty: Tamara Sellman
Tuition: $250 USD
Registration: Click here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
From the course description
Writing about chronic disease, disability, invisible illness, injury, and physical trauma gets to the very heart of what it is to live in, with, and of the body.
This year especially, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed our need as writers to talk about the body in myriad narrative ways, whether clinical, personal, political, or as an act of witness.
Our narratives, no matter the forms we choose, can document pain, loss, dysfunction, rejection, discrimination, and the other nebulous challenges that bely illness in ways that Dr. Google (or real doctors) cannot.
We can, and should, chronicle our experiences for this reason alone. In fact, there has never been a more urgent time to do so.
Writing the illness narrative can illuminate the resilience, resolve, grit, humor, and triumph of the spirit over physical or emotional barriers that the body can erect against one’s will. And when we lose these challenges—and we do, unfortunately—it’s necessary to capture these losses in words to guide others through their own grieving.
The goal of this workshop is to empower, motivate, and inspire you to unlock that poem, essay, story, or novel that needs to be written–because someone out there needs to read it now, more than ever.
If you still have questions, you can also reach me at email@example.com.