Instructor: Marianne Rogoff
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 09/20/2021 - 10/25/2021
SCN Member: $160.00
Class synopsisEveryone experiences moments of pain, betrayal, or sorrow at any number of points in our lives. Then we suffer the kind of giant loss that leaves us feeling utterly shaken and unable to imagine we can go on after it. Writing and sharing stories are well known helpful practices for expressing emotions in order to release their hold on us.
This course addresses the symptoms of grief, how grief can alter our thinking and behavior, and the natural need to tell the story as a way to understand and assimilate what has happened. We will “research quotes that define our philosophy” in order to situate our personal story in the context of the human condition, which includes suffering along with its joys and pleasures as part of the nature of life.
express emotions through writing and telling your story
Class communication methodPrompts and ideas will be introduced during 5 weekly class sessions on the Group Site. Anything offered during and beyond class time is optional, as participants will approach grief at their own pace, and take on the story in their own sweet time. Attending just to listen and contribute no words is allowed. A list of links, readings, and other optional resources will be provided.
Week 1: Introductions
Week 2: Tell Your Story
Week 3: Philosophy
Week 4: Reframing
Week 5: Final Reading
Class time commitmentZoom class on Thursday from 2 - 3:30 Pacific time plus some time outside of class to work on your writing.
Marianne Rogoff, PhD, is the author of the memoir Silvie’s Life, about the life and death of her baby girl. Her Pushcart Prize nominated collection Love Is Blind in One Eye includes stories from before and after that life-altering event. Silvie’s Life has been adopted for courses on ethics and the end-of-life, translated into Portuguese, and optioned for film.
She has taught Griefwriting at many national and international conferences as well as through community education and privately during weeklong trips for writers (when travel is allowed).