This workshop will provide inspiration, suggestions and encouragement for anyone interested in writing about a grief-causing experience.
"All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them." Karen Blixen
What did Danish writer Karen Blixen mean when she said this and how can we put the idea into practice? This is a 1-hour workshop for people who are interested in crafting a piece of creative writing about grief. It will be led by Emma Gilkison, who has written a memoir about her first baby, who had a rare heart condition and died when he was 15 ½ days old.
Through a mixture of discussion and practical exercises the workshop will explore: the way placing our experience in a story can help us find coherence and meaning in our lives; choosing a creative writing form; examples of literary writing about grief; setting up good supports and deciding when in the grieving process to embark on a writing project.
The workshop aims to provide inspiration and ideas around how we might approach writing about grief. Emma is offering the perspective of a writer – not a psychologist or trained therapist. She holds a Bachelor in Applied Arts (creative non-fiction) and a Diploma in Journalism.
Entry to the workshop is by koha. All proceeds will go to Sands – an organisation that supports families dealing with miscarriage and infant loss. Please bring pen and paper.
Bookings required by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, (03) 546 0414 or in person at any of the Nelson branches.
Emma will also be appearing in the Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers session 'Family Narratives' on Saturday October 20, to discuss her memoir, The Heart of Jesús Valentino.