Although writing can be healing, crafting and publishing our most difficult stories can make trauma worse. In this 2.5-hour workshop with author and trauma specialist Katherine Standefer, learn how the physiological processes of trauma and shame interact with a writing process. Together, we’ll discuss some of the embodied blocks writers experience, touch into the craft problems common to this material, and explore tools for moving forward at the right time and with the right pace.
Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice/Staff Pick. Named one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of Fall 2020, Lightning Flowers was also shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, received a starred Kirkus review, and was featured in People Magazine, on NPR’s Fresh Air, and on the goop podcast. Her previous work appeared in The Best American Essays 2016. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA program. She lives on a piñon- and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.
Katherine is new to The Porch. Welcome!