Online: Writing About Trauma with Deborah A. Lott
October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
How do you write about the worst thing that ever happened to you when it hurts to think about it? How can you write about it in a way that doesn’t also traumatize your readers?
Deborah A. Lott, author of Don’t Go Crazy Without Me: A Tragicomic Memoir, will address these questions and more at the Oct. 25 joint meeting of Willamette Writer’s Coast and Writers on the River in Corvallis chapters. Her talk, “Writing about Trauma,” offered online via Zoom, begins at 6:30 p.m.
“Traumatic experiences often render us speechless at the same time that they compel us to tell the story,” Lott says. “Language may feel inadequate, memory fragmented, and others may tell us to ‘just move on.’ We also may feel resistance of our own—how can we overcome the fear of re-experiencing trauma that will come with writing about it?” In this workshop, Lott will draw on information from trauma researchers and clinicians, provide multiple examples from published memoirs, and describe her own experience writing Don’t Go Crazy Without Me: A Tragicomic Memoir. There will be time for questions and for participants to share their own challenges in writing about traumatic experiences.
About Deborah A. Lott
Lott’s memoirs, essays, and reportage have been published in the Rumpus, Salon, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, and other publications. Her family’s legacy of hypochondria was featured on NPR’s This American Life. Her first book, In Session: the Bond between Women and their Therapists, offered an unprecedented look at psychotherapy from the perspective of clients interviewed by the author. She teaches creative writing and literature at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
How to Join
To receive the Zoom link for this workshop, register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkfu6pqTsoHNYZKRyKb03puYjZ2cbSsGy-