Writing Toward Survival, with Tatiana Johnson-Boria
The stories that are closest to our hearts–those we most need to write–are sometimes the hardest ones to tell. In this generative workshop, writers will immerse themselves in the experience of healing, testifying, and reclaiming power over their most troubling stories. This workshop will explore why and how the use of language is powerful in terms of confronting and mending our relationship with trauma. After an introduction aimed at integrating a sense of belonging for all members of the workshop, writers will read and discuss the work of both poets and prose writers, including Claudia Rankine, Joy Harjo, Terese Marie Mailhot, and Jesmyn Ward. Then, writers will have ample time to explore and share their own stories, using a series of inspiring prompts for creating new work.
This workshop will be held online.
Tatiana Johnson-Boria (she/her/hers) is a writer, artist and educator. Her writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College and is a 2021 Tin House Scholar. She also serves on the board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find her work in or forthcoming at Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Foundry, and others.