Live Online Class:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 6:30-8:30 ET
Live Online ZOOM Class:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 * Time: 6:30-8:30 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.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
Time: 6:30-8:30 ET
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
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