This class is meeting in person.
In this program, we’ll examine the writing of survivors and write about the impact of trauma and oppression on ourselves, and the people, communities, and world around us. We’ll explore writing as part of a healing/transformative process. How can we foster resilience in communities? Is resilience inborn or something that can be cultivated? Is healing preferred? If so, why? Is healing possible, and if so, how? Who has access to healing and what are barriers to access? Is the concept of wholeness helpful and/or detrimental? This is primarily a writing class, but the study of trauma and oppression will be part of how we approach writing. We’ll study and write poems, stories, and spoken word. We’ll read poems, stories, essays, scholarly literature, and we’ll watch videos of spoken word and comedy. Students will assemble a collection of writing related to trauma, oppression, healing, and resilience. If you are interested in writing, and social and psychological healing through the arts, this program is for you. This program will be taught with a trauma-informed lens, and is specially designed to support those living at the intersections of identities and lived experiences.