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Writing to Heal the Trauma of Racism: A Four-Part Series

Write supremacy is a system we all live in, like it or not. Racism traumatizes all people, whether we are privileged or not. Traumatic experiences land in our bodies in ways that cause physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual damage. Certain kinds of writing can play a powerful role in processing and healing from these hurts to our brains and nervous systems. This four-part series addresses questions such as: How has our awareness around race and/or racism developed? What is our family history? What are the different types of trauma? What parts of ourselves do we have to reclaim to be able to express our full humanity?

This is an online four-part series offered via Zoom. Access to a computer or other device and the internet is necessary to participate. A commitment to attend all sessions is requested. Space is limited and registration is required. Please only register once for the first session - this will automatically register you for the entire series. A Zoom invite and any other necessary details will be sent out to all registrants before the first class.

Instructor Anais Salibian has a Master's Degree in English Literaure and a Certification in Secondary Education. She has integrated her various interests to find and create ways to work with people to combine her passion for science with her affinity for the inner life. Anais has taught writing classes at several venues since 1989 and has published a number of works in creative non-fiction. She has a wide range of writing interests that she has brought to her teaching at the library, including crafting sentences, figurative language, unblocking writers' blocks, and writing to heal. In 2004, she received Writers & Books Teacher of Adults Award for the Creation and Appreciation of Literature.

Rochester Writes programs are hosted by the Arts & Literature Diviision and supported by the Suressa Forbes Fund for Local Writers and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Contact Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org for additional information.

Dates & Times:
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, November 2, 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, November 9, 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, November 16, 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, November 30, 2020
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Central Library
  Department - Arts & Literature     Subject - Writing  

Registration is required. There are 7 seats available.

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