Writing About Family Secrets

2-hour Online Class

Thursday, September 22, 2022 FULL

Next Class: December date: TBD

6:30-8:30pm ET

Writing About Family Secrets

Family. Secrets. Each word is fraught with its own complicated dynamics. Merged together, the concept of family secrets is ripe for exploration, particularly when we think about what it means to use our writing to reveal the truths of our lives.

Deborah J. Cohan draws on her background as a writer, teacher, sociologist, counselor, and group facilitator both for abuse intervention classes and for workshops related to self-care and creativity. Her experience in these different and overlapping arenas will support participants to think about how to free themselves of the constraints that so often hinder writers from tackling and excavating crucial family secrets.

This session explores the following issues:

  • writing about family secrets and how we navigate that with care;
  • using professional expertise for crafting memoir in ways that frame and contextualize secrets;
  • writing unconventional memoirs that build on first-person essays; using the technique of the objective correlative, etc.

In addition, Cohan will read and engage in spirited discussion, with ample time reserved for participants to ask questions, and for students to write, reflect, and share as they wish.

Please note: it will be expected that all participants have cameras on during this virtual session which will help to hold the integrity and confidentiality of this space for talking about these complicated topics.

Open to Writers of All Levels.

Course Dates:  

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: 6:30-8:30 ET

Cost: $90

Your Instructor:

Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. is an award-winning public sociologist and author of the sociological memoir, Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving, and Redemption (Rutgers 2020). Cohan is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, a writer for Psychology Today and a frequent contributor to Inside Higher Ed, Ms. Magazine, and The Good Men Project. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and Utne Reader. Regularly featured as an expert for media on a range of issues, Cohan has been cited in outlets such as: CNN, MSN, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Elite Daily, The Washington Post, Vox, Slate, Salon, Vice News, Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information about her, visit www.deborahjcohan.com

ReviewsWhat You Can ExpectOur Payments & Refund Policy
I took the Healing Memoir class with Jerry Waxler and while I expected structure and guidance in the writing process, I did not expect the healing benefits that came from finding my voice, reclaiming parts of myself… This workshop empowered and inspired me not only in my writing but also living each day with greater integrity and awareness. His knowledge, dedication, and insight set me up for weeks of writing with direction and a framework to continue upon the completion of class.  Sharing the class with other writers, I found it all the more invigorating and enjoyable.  I look forward to the opportunity of working with Jerry again.”

The writing process has led me to tears where I didn’t know they had been frozen for years. This in itself is worth the process, even if scenes don’t make it into the final “book”. I would like to add that this memoir writer’s group has shown me that this is “home”! I have participated in (other) writer’s workshops, but the depth and intensity that we seem to have established instantly (in this workshop), was not there. Thank you all for such a valuable opportunity! Sincerely, Steph.”

The last 6 weeks have been transformative in a way that I didn’t expect. It definitely empowered me. You are such a gifted facilitator in your compassion insight and understanding. Among other things those 300 memoirs that you read in order to prepare for this work must have affected you to be so very humble and compassionate to all of us! In addition, you were very generous. Your love for your work truly came through.

Once the payment process is completed, you will receive an automatic confirmation of your order. Your workshop instructor will then e-mail you to introduce themselves within 10 business days about the workshop starting information and instructions for accessing the learning platform.

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Refund Policy: There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. Memoir Magazine will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time. Memoir Magazine University cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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