Writing about Friends & Family with a Mental Illness

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Loving someone with a mental illness is challenging, and can include a range of contradictory feelings. How can we use that complicated experience to create compelling poems and/or prose? Together, we’ll examine short examples from a variety of genres that express this unique experience and create powerful work. If you’ve been waiting for “permission” to write about this topic—or want to explore it deeper—please join us. NOTE: This is a safe space, but should not substitute for therapy—we will focus on craft issues and how writers turn personal experience into literature to share with others.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here.

About Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg, author of the award-winning poetry collection, Trace, has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and others. As a certified professional coach, she offers women’s writing retreats and helps writers to finish projects, tame their inner critics, and add more ease and productivity to their creative lives. More about her at: www.melaniefigg.net.

Teaching Style: With over 25 years of teaching expertise, Melanie is a skilled and generous instructor. Her classes are well-organized but flexible—and include an effective combination of discussion, lecture, and in-class exercises/workshops. She also offers detailed, helpful feedback on student work with clear ideas of how to proceed with revision. Melanie is determined that students leave her classes with new skills, a deeper understanding of craft, and a lasting excitement for writing and reading.


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