Online: Writing Trauma
Monday 25 March to Friday 12 April 2024, online
One-week break for Easter public holiday
Full Price: $410
Conc Member: $265
This writing course, Online: Writing Trauma with Meera Atkinson, takes place online.
The prospect of writing trauma can be both daunting and compelling. Award-winning author Meera Atkinson invites those writing or looking to write trauma in any genre to explore this terrain through this online writing workshop.
Is this online workshop right for you? Read our FAQ before enrolling>>
This 2-week online workshop facilitates writing ‘literary trauma testimony’ – writing that uses creative strategies to testify to traumatic experience. It features close readings of selected texts and explores the ethics and potential dangers of writing trauma.
Participants will complete writing exercises with the aim of producing a piece of literary writing that illuminates individual, collective, and/or transgenerational trauma in some way, and have the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback.
This interactive online course has limited places. Book early to avoid missing out.
Expected Learning Outcomes
In this workshop, participants will:
- Gain a nuanced understanding of trauma and its operations in literary writing
- Gain increased clarity around the challenges and responsibilities of writing trauma
- Produce new writing that demonstrates an engagement with traumatic affect.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
You do not need to log into the course at a specific time and there are no live meetings. You will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom by 10am on the day the course starts.
Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours a week on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person. To get the most out of this course, we recommend logging in at least once a week. You don’t need to log in at a specific time.
- You can complete the lesson material in your own time.
- There will be assignments which have deadlines. To be guaranteed tutor feedback, you will need to complete the assignments by the deadline.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
NOTE: This course involves substantial engagement with texts that testify to traumatic experiences, and participants are asked to peer review each other’s writing. While participants have the option of opting out of peer review and skipping any set readings they feel may be damaging, it is best suited for people with established support who feel they can cope with exposure to their own and others’ trauma.
‘Meera Atkinson’s comments and the work she set was thought provoking and inspired a curiosity to delve deeper into the subject material.’ — Geetha, 2022
‘The lectures and writing prompts were excellent!’ — Participant, 2022
‘The readings were all available at once so we could work through the material at our own pace. Meera Atkinson’s comments and the work she set was thought provoking and inspired a curiosity to delve deeper into the subject material.’ — Participant, 2021
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About the tutor
Meera Atkinson is the author of Traumata and The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma. Her creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in many publications, including Best Australian Poems, Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review and Southerly. Meera has over a decade of experience teaching writing in university programs and as a private mentor. Photo: L.J. Spruyt