ONLINE Truth-telling and Vulnerability
Choosing to write about trauma through poetry and/or micro-essay for publication involves telling the deep truth of pain and trauma, while also acknowledging the work as a piece of art. When you make this decision, you must first answer the most difficult question— every time you approach the task of writing — What is the truth?
There is a difference between writing for therapy or journaling and writing art for publication. This workshop focuses on truth telling in trauma writing through prompts, and free word association with and end goal for participants to come away with a poem or micro-essay (under 500 words) to submit to journals or as a larger body of work. Participants should come prepared to hear disturbing material, while acknowledging/respecting the workshop will be centered in editing/critiquing the writing as a piece of art to be considered for publication.
- How to cut your darlings when it hurts
- How much truth is too much truth
- What is art and what is therapy
- Responsibility to self and others
- Self-care in writing trauma
- Calling yourself on your bullshit
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Rayanne Haines is an award winning and best selling author. Her writing has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies both in Canada and Internationally. She is the host of the literary podcast Crow Reads, the Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, and Past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient and past writer in residence with Audreys Books. She is a member of the teaching faculty with Grant Macewan University. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. The author of three poetry collections, and four genre-fiction books, her most recent book, Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun, focuses on mental health and intergenerational trauma.