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Online writing courses through the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing are conducted in affordable five-week sessions and are offered year-round, with summer and holiday breaks. In Writing through Trauma to Truth's virtual, one-on-one classroom, you can learn how to turn struggle into beautiful truth.

Don’t just get through it–write through it.

Inspiration can bring writers to the page—the first bite of a ripe apple, a snippet of overheard conversation, a quiet walk in the woods. But when something traumatic happens, the call to the page is born of a fierce need to make sense of it; to unravel what can’t easily be felt or said; to stitch torn cloth together again with well-crafted words that make, from struggle, something good and beautiful and true – for yourself and for future readers.

It’s hard work, and worthwhile, but where and how to begin such a healing, transformative practice? In Writing through Trauma to Truth, you work privately with an experienced teacher. You get individualized support as you write through your tough topics. With short readings selected to reflect your experience and guided writing exercises customized for you, you’ll learn how to

  • explore the territory of your own painful experiences gently, with compassion;
  • establish distance from personal pain by using artistic tools such as persona and symbolism;
  • identify the heart of your story;
  • re-frame traumatic experience into crafted writing that is meaningful and true.

If you’re a writer – or aspiring writer – with “something to write through,” you’ll get 100% of your teacher’s attention as you discover how to can make art from your struggles; art which, ultimately, both expresses and ennobles the “height, breadth and depth” of the human condition.

Developed by Elizabeth Ayres and Stacia M. Fleegal, Writing through Trauma to Truth is suitable for nonfiction, fiction and poetry writing.

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