There’s been significant research on the ability of expressive writing to help people gain insight, recover from trauma, and even heal from physical injury. But it can also be used to help us deepen our creative work. In this workshop, we’ll explore the various ways writing about personal experience can be used to strengthen not only memoir but fiction, expository writing, and poetry. Consideration will be given to the benefits of journal practice, but we won’t stop there. I’ll give examples from my own writing life as well as from other authors who have used personal, private content to create crafted work, and then we’ll focus on writing prompts that can be used to gain insight into our own lives or our characters’ and provide springboard across genres. Volunteers will be asked to share their work and experiences. Artists in other mediums may also find the workshop helpful.
Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling (Curbside Splendor, 2016), which won a silver IPPY Award and was a Chicago Review of Books award finalist, and the novel Currency (Other Voices Books, 2010), which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Guardian, Lit Hub, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Chicago Reader, and The Rumpus, where she served as the Sunday co-editor. She’s had numerous short stories and interviews with authors published, too. As a public speaker, she’s given talks at universities, workshops, and conferences on topics such as narrative voice; the differences between writing fiction and nonfiction; balancing paid work, parenting, and writing; child sexual abuse; and writing about trauma.
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