The Dra­ma of Writ­ing Trau­ma: Female Essay­ists on Tack­ling the Tough Topics”

Associated Writing Programs Conference
Mar 4 — 7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Riverlevel
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am

Writing nonfiction about trauma speaks the unspeakable, voices stories that have historically been silenced, and removes victim stigma. Trauma writing can heal, but can also re-traumatize, and women especially bear the burden of narrating their own victimhood. How can writers bring these narratives into the world yet protect themselves? What are the risks? The rewards? In this panel, five women will discuss their struggles and strategies for writing on trauma.