Upcoming survivors and sexuality writing workshops: Write Whole: Survivors Write begins Jan 11!

Mission fishes -- graffiti near the Women's Building in SF
And we begin again!

~ Welcome in 2010 with some deep writing, community connections, and solidarity with your resilient artist self ~

Our 8-week Write Whole: Survivors Write (for all women survivors of sexual trauma) begins January 11, and we’ve got a half-day queer women’s erotic writing workshop on Jan 30! More info on each is below; spaces are still available — please let me know if you have any questions or would like to register — I’d love to write with you!

Write Whole:
Survivors Write
Eight Monday eves. Begins Jan 11.
Open to all women survivors of sexual trauma!

Transform your relationship with your writing — and with yourself. For survivors in particular, writing freely in supportive and attentive community opens us up to the possibility of being fully heard in all of our expression, creative and otherwise!

In this workshop, write in response to exercises chosen to elicit deep-heart writing, and deal with such subjects as: body image, family/community, sexuality, dreams, love, faith, and more. We create new art and new beauty out of the difficult and complicated realities of our lives.

You’ll be encouraged to trust the flow of your writing voice, and receive immediate feedback about the power of your words!

Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Cost for the 8 week class is on a sliding scale, $225-300 (please contact me about payment plans or other money questions!)

To register, visit www.writingourselveswhole.org or email jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org.

About your facilitator: Jen Cross is a widely published freelance writer. She’s a queer incest survivor who used writing as a transformative and integral part of her own healing process. She’s a certified AWA Facilitator, has led writing workshops with survivors since 2002, and writes with folks about trauma, sexuality, and more. More info, always, at writingourselveswhole.org.


Also in January:

Declaring Our Erotic — Let’s write about sex!
Jan 30, 2010, 1-4pm
An erotic writing workshop for queer women — in honor of the Body Heat: Femme Porn

Ever read through a sexy short story and thought, “I’d like to do that!” This writing workshop is for queer* women who’s considered writing erotic stories or writing about sex, or who’d like to get more comfortable doing so! No previous writing experience is necessary.

We each need safe space in which to be our whole erotic selves — to delve into the fantasies and imaginings that we’ve learned or been told don’t “go with” our public sexual identities. In this workshop we’ll celebrate and struggle with the fullness of our erotic expression.

In this 3-hour class, you’ll have the chance to try your hand at some explicit erotic writing. We’ll write in response to exercises designed to tap into different aspects of our sexual selves: memory, fantasy, experience, relationship with the body, and more.

Don’t be surprised if you find, as have previous participants, that you’re more comfortable discussing your own sexual desires after practicing writing about fictional sex! Bring your notebooks or laptops and your most open mind.

When: Saturday, January 30, 2010, 1:00-4:00 PM
Where: writing ourselves whole workshop space, 870 Market St, SF!
Who: 18+
Cost: $20

To register, visit www.writingourselveswhole.org or email jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org.


* and by ‘queer women’, I mean folks who identify as women (which doesn’t mean you have to use the pronoun ‘she’) and also identify as lesbian, gay, genderqueer, dyke, butch, femme, tomboy, same-gender loving, “into women,” boi, transbutch, stud, or…

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