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Using Forms to Contain Trauma: a writing workshop

Using Form to Contain Trauma

This two hour workshop begins by studying a few poems in which different forms are used as containers for strong/traumatic content. Participants will then be led through writing practice in three different short forms, considering how each form will determine details and effect emotion.

The workshop cost is $20 and pre-registration is required.

The workshop is open to all, including writers in all genres who want to explore how form can help sharpen and clarify their work. Bring paper and a pen, or a laptop - whichever writing tool serves you best.

Before the workshop, at 2 pm on Sunday, the store is holding a Community Read Aloud of Marilyn Nelson's A Wreath for Emmett Till. This poetry collection is a royal crown of sonnets that explores how the murder of Emmett Till continues to resonate in our lives and culture. It is a brilliant example of how form contains and shapes trauma! That event is free and open to all.



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The workshop will be taught by poet Elliott batTzedek. She holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation and has taught writing and literature in academic and community settings.