Note: The presenter's poetry memoir, because god loves the wasp, will be published by Unsolicited Press on August 30, 2022.
In this workshop I'll share the process I employed to write and revise a memoir in verse about the 2.5 years I experienced within the abusive, for-profit, cult-based "troubled teen" industry in the 1990s.
There's no single right way to write a memoir in verse, of course, but I found the method I developed to be helpful with tackling frightening, painful, confusing, and distant subject matter. In this workshop I'll share:
You'll leave this workshop with helpful tools for writing your own memoirs in verse -- or for simply writing individual poems about trauma and/or a difficult past.
TRIGGERS: Since it will look at content from my book, this workshop will contain triggering subject matter; primarily the verbal, emotional, psychological, and physical abuse and neglect of minors, with brief mentions of other traumas including sexual assault.
This workshop will take place on Zoom. It is scheduled for 3 hours instead of the more commonly scheduled 2 hours in order to allow for the workshop to proceed safely and without rushing; to provide a lengthy, restful break; and to allow for as many questions as possible. The format will be:
12:30–1:45 - Presentation & Discussion 1:45–2:15 - Break 2:15–3:30 - Presentation & Discussion
The suggested payment is $20. Please pay what you can afford; all payments go directly to supporting my writing and teaching. If you do not have the financial resources to pay any amount, please select the "Solidarity" ticket option.