Putting Pain on the Page:
Chronic Illness and Writing
NOTE: This particular class focuses on physical illness and not mental illness. While we will talk about the mental effects of physical illness, mental illness will not be the focus of this class’s material.
This class is for any writer, (or want-to-be writer!), who struggles/has struggled with a chronic physical illness, ailment, condition, or pain. Whether you’re the one fighting the battle, or supporting someone through it, this class will help you verbalize and write about your experiences.
We’ll talk through topics like:
Writing as therapy
Pain as a form of community
Finding illumination within devastation
The vulnerability and intimacy of physical trauma
How specificity gives universality to suffering
Finding language to express something that can often feel unexplainable
Writing within the pain
Embracing the uncomfortable
The market for this type of subject material
In addition to class discussion, we’ll explore various texts to guide our writing practice. These will include “how-to” references and creative work. Be prepared to discuss the readings.
Course taught by Michelle Donfrio, (who has been diagnoses with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s autoimmune disease).
Thursdays :: 6:00 - 7:30 :: April 18th-May 16th
5 sessions :: $ 75
Course taught by Michelle Donfrio.