Why adoptee-only writing spaces?

Adoptee-only spaces are vital to adoptee writers learning to tell their story.


Though not always recognized by others as such, adoptees represent a group of marginalized writers who face frequent rejection of their truthful narratives and selves.


We adoptees are used to being silenced and erased, our identities taken, even stolen, from us. In the vein of VONA, Kundiman, and other affinity-group spaces, adoptee-only workshops are spaces where through writing, we adoptees reclaim our identities, find community, and heal trauma that is so deep we don’t remember it but so real we can’t forget it.


The world needs to hear our stories, and together we will learn to tell them.