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$ Writing the Body with Shawna Ayoub (Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South)

April 28 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Writing with Shawna Ayoub has been life-changing. I have taken several classes with her, both in-person and online, all focused on memoir. Under her visionary tutelage, I have created the most profound writing of my life. Her feedback is insightful, honest, and constructive.  I live with chronic illness, and Shawna always meets me exactly where I am, helping me set achievable goals. Collaborating with her has made me a better writer, but perhaps more importantly, writing with Shawna has healed me.
-Jen DeRosa

It’s a well-researched fact that we store our emotional experiences in our physical bodies. On anniversaries of loss, for example, it is common to feel body pain, heaviness, or fatigue. In this workshop, we will practice feeling into our body stories safely in order to capture them in words. As a group, we will learn about how the body stores memory, and why, and take home practices for listening to the stories our bodies want to tell us.  While this course is appropriate for writers at every level and of every genre, it can also be taken to build off “Writing Great Essays,” offered March 23.

Writers will take home a packet of writing examples  as well as prompts, and can contact Shawna for written feedback within two weeks of this workshop.

Leader: Shawna Ayoub is a brown, queer, Durham-based writer and instructor whose work prioritizes the engagement of difficult topics. After recognizing the personal benefits of writing for release and recovery, she has made her practice public for the last 12 years, offering courses independently as well as through the Center for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Verywell Mind, Survivor Lit, Exit 7, [wherever], The Archipelago, and The Manifest-Station.

Cost: $75, $100. Scholarships available. Please contact info@rcwms.org.

$75 – $100