The holidays are a tough time for a lot of folks. This is an opportunity to process some of the difficult feelings that this season can bring up, in a safe and supportive environment. As always, all trauma stories are welcome. We will be talking about some specific coping strategies for holiday events, but you don't have to have holiday trauma or anxiety to attend!
Many of us have experienced trauma, and there are not always spaces where we can process, where we can claim our histories, name our hurts, and take back our voices.
Trauma comes in many forms, and all are welcome at the Writing in the Margins Trauma Writing Circle. If there is a story that you need to get onto the page, this is a welcoming, supportive space for you. No writer will be expected or obligated to share their work with the group, and if writing is shared with the group it will be treated as fiction in order to protect the writer. The circle emphasizes trigger warnings, and a separate space for writers to retreat to if the content of a story is triggering for them. There is no pressure to share either by reading or listening to stories and no questions will be asked about a writer's story or their choice to participate or not. There is a strong focus on creating a collaborative, compassionate, accepting, supportive and safe space at this writing workshop.
The Trauma Writing Circle is a response to requests from community members. This is not a counselling session or group therapy, and although Tiffany does have experience in facilitating emotional and triggering material in writing workshops, she is not a trained counsellor and there will not be any trained therapists in attendance. The workshop is confidential, and there will be self-care strategies and tools in place, as well as a resource list of queer-friendly and gender-inclusive professional counsellors and resources available.
This is a guided writing workshop, open to all experience levels, in a queer-friendly, gender-inclusive space. Pay-what-you-want, $10 suggested. 18+
Because we meet when the building is closed, please arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you do arrive late, text Tiffany at 403-701-1489 and someone will let you in.
Writing in the Margins (www.writinginthemargins.ca) events are always open to all genders, all orientations, all experience levels, racial identities, socio-economic classes, educational backgrounds and abilities. We believe that writing belongs to everyone.
Bring your notebook, your laptop, your ipad or notepad. If you've ever wanted to write about trauma or to process a difficult event or emotion, but have been afraid of failing, being judged, or being found out, find yourself in the welcoming space of a Writing in the Margins workshop. You will not be obligated to share your just-written work, and you always have the option of sitting an exercise out or just listening if other writers are willing to share their work.