Writing the Tough Stuff

Creative Nonfiction magazine was born on a dining room table in Squirrel Hill almost a quarter-century ago, and we are heartbroken following the tragic events at the Tree of Life synagogue this past weekend. We're grieving with our community in the wake of this devastating event.

It’s hard to find words right now, but we know that stories can help us heal, so we are offering a free, online session, open to anyone, on writing about grief, loss, and trauma.* Details are below.

*In addition to offering this seminar, Creative Nonfiction is making a donation to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

About the webinar:

Nov 4 & Nov 8
Writing the Tough Stuff
A one-hour online webinar with Jessica Handler

We may find that we want to write about loss, grief, or trauma with the notion that getting it down on paper will be cathartic. This webinar will present strategies for strong nonfiction writing, and introduce cross-disciplinary research in crafting personal narrative involving difficult topics. Participants will engage in generative writing exercises.

This one-hour session will run twice; space is limited.

Use the links below to reserve your spot.

Sunday, November 4 » 
Thursday, November 8 »

7 pm EST

Sorry, both sessions are full.

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Jessica Handler is the author of Invisible Sisters: A Memoir and Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss. Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, the Bitter Southerner, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, the Washington Post, and More Magazine. A founding member of the Decatur Writers Studio in Decatur, Georgia, she teaches creative writing and coordinates the Minor in Writing at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and lectures internationally on writing well about trauma. Her debut novel, The Magnetic Girl, is forthcoming from Hub City Press in 2019. More at: www.jessicahandler.com.

Question? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.