The Language of Loss: Putting Grief into Words

The Language of Loss: Putting Grief into Words

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Burying a loved one, getting divorced, being downsized at work, growing old, letting go of a dream—any loss can leave us speechless. All of a sudden, the language we’ve relied on for years no longer has the power to get us through the day, much less express our anger, soothe our sadness, or calm our confusion. “Tell me about despair, yours,” says poet Mary Oliver, “and I will tell you mine.” In this hands-on writing workshop, participants will interact with prompts and readings designed to “give sorrow words.” You needn’t consider yourself a “real writer” to join us, and critique is not part of the process. (You won’t even be compelled to read your work aloud!) This isn’t therapy, but putting pen to paper enhances our healing and allows us to bear witness to the human condition, all the while reminding us we are not alone. Open to adults 19 and older.

  • Instructor: Amy Lyles Wilson

  • Length of workshop: 3 Hours

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 6

  • Time: 2 - 5 pm

  • Location: Humanities Tennessee offices, 807 Main Street, Suite B, 37206

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Amy Lyles Wilson believes it is the sharing of our stories that saves us. Toward that end, she founded Pilgrim Writers to help people tell the stories they need to tell. A native of Mississippi who calls Nashville home, Amy Lyles works as a writer, editor, and teacher. She is a certified Amherst Writers and Artists workshop facilitator, and has thirty years of professional experience in the world of words with such companies as Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, Her Nashville, Upper Room Books, Whittle Communications, Meredith Corporation, and Rutledge Hill Press. She has been published in a variety of magazines and has co-authored or contributed to nine books. Her essay “The Guts to Keep Going” was featured on National Public Radio. Amy Lyles has taught writing and served as the writer-in-residence at the Earlham School of Religion, and led workshops across the South, as well as at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She holds degrees in English, journalism, and theology. She serves on the board of the Magazine Innovation Center at Ole Miss, the Contemplative Outreach of Middle Tennessee advisory committee, and the board of Women’s National Book Association’s Nashville chapter. www.amylyleswilson.com