Trauma Recovery Writing Group | Access Narrative

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  • April 2
  • 19:00 - 20:30
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Trauma Recovery Writing Group | Tuesday Evenings, 7-8:30pm (UK Time) | April 2nd – May 21st 2024

As writers who have experienced trauma, we often struggle to find spaces that create a safe environment in which to disclose and discuss themes of trauma in our work. We are often told our writing is too ‘dark’ and ‘depressing’ and advised to water down our experiences to make them more palatable, understandable, or focused on eliciting empathy from those who don’t share our experiences. It becomes essential to find a space where we can feel confident to share our authentic selves, talk openly about difficult themes in our work, and discuss ways we have utilised writing to aid in our recovery.

These themed writing groups provide a dedicated space for you to make progress on your writing and develop personal connections with other writers. In small groups of eight, you will have a chance to discuss the world of writing, share things about your project, and socialise with those with a shared interest.

Defining Trauma

Psychological trauma is a common result of undergoing adverse life experiences that go on to inhibit or disable someone’s life. The cultural conversation in the UK (where I live) on what experiences lead to trauma often focus on physical and sexual abuse, but in reality, trauma is caused by a diverse and immeasurable variety of experiences. Often overlooked are; the effects of discrimination and inaccessibility on those who are marginalised by society, the transfer of trauma through intergenerational wounds, rapid or significant life changes, chronic illness, bullying, poverty, and neglect. You will not be asked to prove or detail trauma in these groups.

Details

Groups of Eight | 1.5hrs over Zoom | 8 weekly sessions | Free / £35 a ticket

10min casual chat | 40min private writing |10min break | 30min group discussion* about our writing projects

*we will not be sharing explicit details of trauma, but rather different themes, techniques, and terminology we might use when writing about trauma.

[UK Time is either GMT / UTC+0, or BST / UTC+1] These sessions start UTC+0 then change to UTC+1 on the 31st March.

Free Tickets

There are currently two free spaces available.

To apply, write in with 300–500 words on why you would benefit from this writing group, you may also choose to mention a short bit about your project/s. Make sure you reach at least 300 words, or your application will not be considered. You will not be turned away because of a lack of formal education or if English is your second language.

Email your application to enniswelbourne@gmail.com including the title and start month of the offering you are applying for. Places are offered on a first-come first-served basis, application dependant.

You can donate a ticket via the checkout to create an additional free spot for a writer who needs it.

Staggered Payment

If you’d like to spread the cost over a period of time (perhaps several months) in order to make the costs more manageable, please get in touch and we can work out a payment plan that suites you.

Access Narrative

Access Narrative provides low-cost international online spaces for writers rooted in accessibility, with aims to be; trans-inclusive, neurodivergent-friendly, and trauma-informed. We encourage autonomy, uphold anti-oppressive values, and strive to be non-hierarchical. These groups are led by Ennis Welbourne (they/them) a marginalised writer who uses their lived experience to help cultivate a safe space for writers to access community and support.

By signing up for an Access Narrative offering, you agree to follow our inclusion guide which can be found in the Handbook. Within, you can also find pictured instructions for using Zoom and details on each session activity.

Your Facilitator

Ennis Welbourne (they/them) is a marginalised writer developing online spaces for writers under the banner Access Narrative. They use their lived experience to design accessible community for those who are neurodivergent, disabled, poor and who have experienced trauma. Ennis is drawn to experimental storytelling in both fiction and nonfiction. You can find their illustrated memoir Problem Behaviour on Substack and Instagram. They are a Bath Spa creative writing graduate and work part-time for London Lit Lab as Assistant Editor.

Email: enniswelbourne@gmail.com | Instagram: @enniswelbourne / @accessnarrative

Testimonials

“This group has been a huge part of my development as a writer. It has cultivated a safe space in which for me to grow, connect and lay the foundation of a regular writing practice. As well as encourage me to be in community with people of similar and intersecting identities and experiences to my own.”

“I have found it incredibly grounding and inspiring each week to meet with trans (and disabled) writers of all ages and practices and backgrounds to reflect on our positionality and place in the writing world as well as in our own lives. I think the trans writers group is revolutionary in instigating a space for community care, self-development and uplifting the voices of marginalised writers in a real way.”