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Writing Personhood: for Adoptees (10wks)

Reclaiming and writing identity for those who were raised without one.

  • Starts Sep 18
  • 350 US dollars
  • Zoom

Course Description

(Now ten weeks!) We adoptees have had our very identities erased since the moment we were surrendered. We have grown up expected to be someone we are not , and as adults we are now reclaiming our identities for ourselves by searching for belonging, by healing the trauma that’s referred to as the primal wound. It's so deep that we don’t remember it but so real we could never forget it. Now more than ever, this touches everything we do and feel and are, but sometimes we don't even know how to put it into words. The goal of this class is to begin to let out what has been stuck inside. Don't worry if you're not a writer. Don't worry about getting it right. Just come. Over the course of our time we will begin to shape on the page those parts of our stories that we've felt but struggled to articulate. We'll look at powerful essays and excerpts from adoption memoirs and study their craft. We'll have guest adoptee authors visit class and talk about their journeys as writers and adoptees. Past guests include Megan Culhane Galbraith, Yvonne Liu, Melissa Guida-Richards, Shannon Gibney, and others. We'll also write from prompts, from our guests' writings, and from our discussions. We will discuss the boundaries of workshop according to Craft in the Real World (by Matthew Salesses, another adoptee!) and workshop our writing together thoughtfully and respectfully. Payment options: pay in full via Venmo to @Aimee-Christian or right through this website, pay $100 via Venmo to reserve your spot and we'll work out a payment plan that works for you. Past students, contact me for a coupon code for a discount to take the class again. NB: This course is open to adoptees, NPEs, and/or anyone who did not grow up in the biological home or was not raised by biological family and/or who experienced foster care. This course is not for first or adoptive families or siblings. 10 sessions Sept 18 - Nov 20

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