Writing Your New Story After Trauma
Saturday 16 October, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $210
Conc Member: $135
This course with Dr David Roland, for writers of both fiction and non-fiction, introduces the concept of post-traumatic growth to provide participants with a framework to examine what happens after a major trauma or life disruption and how, paradoxically, this can lead to new beginnings and new ways of being.
Through lesson material, writing exercises and group discussion, participants will learn a roadmap or narrative arc that provides a scaffold to develop their own life stories or those of others whether fictional or factual.
During the workshop it won’t be necessary for participants to reveal the details of their trauma or life crisis, or their writing exercise responses. To understand how psychological growth can follow on from traumatic events, the workshop focuses on the cognitive and emotional processes in the aftermath of trauma and how these can be fashioned into story. The workshop processes are designed to provide a sense of safety and self-care.
This workshop takes place in-person at Writing NSW in Sydney.
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Expected Learning Outcomes
- An understanding of the post-traumatic growth concepts and how they play out following a life trauma or life crisis.
- A roadmap or narrative arc that provides a scaffold for writers to develop their own life stories or those of others, in either fiction or non-fiction.
- Inspiration and motivation – this is an uplifting workshop that will get those who are stuck with their life writing into writing again with a renewed sense of purpose and direction.
Pen and paper, laptop optional. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.
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About the tutor
Dr David Roland
Dr David Roland is a writer, presenter and psychologist drawing on his lived experience as well as his professional training. His latest book, The Power of Suffering: Growing through life crises (Simon & Schuster, 2020), draws together the real-life stories of 11 people who survived their crises and grew in transformative ways. His memoir How […]