"And then I got out of bed and, to my great surprise, I started
Emily Rapp Black
Writing With, In, and Through Child Loss: Blueprint Manuscript Consulting Workshop, June 20 - 23, 2019
In this workshop, we will operate from the guiding artistic and writerly principle that narrative helps frame (and tame, to some degree) the chaos of experience, no matter how wrenching or tumultuous. Losing a child is a very unique and singular type of grief, one that creates trauma on various levels: psychological, relational, social, and cultural, to name a few. It is a shaping loss that never leaves us, but is instead one we must work with and alongside for the rest of our lives.
In this intimate intensive, we will focus on honing the skills of craft that enable us to describe what many refer to as “unimaginable” loss. We will use and hone imaginative and analytical tools to build narratives that are meaningful to the writer, and also serve the reader. This is a craft focused class; what I mean by that is that we are not writing for therapeutic purposes, but to make art that moves and serves the reader. This can, and often is, an uncomfortable process.
We will have guided exercises, workshop, and readings that I will provide. Please be prepared to read carefully, write intentionally, and turn your mind and focus to the task of building a powerful, resonant house for your story, brick by brick.
REFUNDS: Should you need to cancel, you can do so up to April 1, 2019, and you will be refunded all but $50. After April 1, 2019, you will only receive a refund if we are able to fill your spot.
WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to register. Once I receive your registration, you will be billed via QuickBooks, which is simple and easy to use.
Thursday, June 20th: 7 pm-9 pm
Includes tea, wine and light snacks
Friday, June 21st: 10:30 am-5:30 pm:
Saturday, June 22nd: 10:30 am-5:30 pm Lunch included
Sunday, June 23rd: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
July 28 - August 1, 2019
Join Emily Rapp Black along with Rebecca Soffer at the
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA, for a four night
"This is not the grief retreat you might be expecting. Led by Modern Loss cofounder Rebecca Soffer and New York Times best-selling author Emily Rapp Black, this program serves as a reminder that forming community with others who are moving through loss helps make us stronger. (And a willingness to laugh won’t hurt, either.)
Learn first-hand how expressing your story without shame or apologies is integral to effectively moving through the universal experience of loss. Our stories of grief, trauma, and heartbreak may feel unspeakable or impossible to express, especially if they occurred earlier in life when we were not encouraged to openly share the true mess of our experience, but they also make us who we are. Come be heard and pulled in by other members of this tribe, bringing with you an open mind, some themes to share about your own grief, and the willingness to redefine mourning.
Recommended reading: Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome; Emily Rapp, The Still Point of the Turning World; any essay on the Modern Loss website (modernloss.com)."