In writing about pain, trauma, and loss, we often gain insight and perspective into our experiences. Through this writing, we also open to the door to creating works of art that exist outside of ourselves. In the first weeks, we will focus on the process of writing, exploring approaches such as free writing, mindful and sensory writing, and fictionalization, while generating new material in class and at home. In the second half of the workshop, students will share a work in progress for discussion and feedback from the class and instructor. Throughout, we will study other writers who have written through and about their personal experiences of trauma and hardship, such as Joy Castro, Roxane Gay, Justin Torres, and Leslie Jamison. We will read fiction, memoir, essay, and poetry, and students are welcome to experiment with genre in their own work. The class is open to all, regardless of writing experience.
- Instructor: Anna Silverstien
- Length of workshop: 8 weeks
- Date: Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13; no class November 22
- Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
- Cost: $279 members; $297 non-members
- Location: Refinery Nashville
About the Instructor:
Anna Silverstein was born in Boston and moved to Nashville four years ago. She has an MFA from Vanderbilt University, and was the 2015-16 Creative Writing Fellow at the Curb Center. Previous classes with the Porch include Writing as Resistance, Healing through Writing and creative writing workshops for immigrants and refugees. She is also a teaching artist for Southern Word and works on two Nashville organic farms. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Afro-Hispanic Review, New Delta Review, Gravel, and Overtime.