Writing Personhood: Adoptees Only

Writing and reclaiming identity for those who were raised without one.

  • Starts Feb 5, 2023
  • 350 US dollars
  • Zoom

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Service Description

We adoptees have had our very identities erased since the moment we were surrendered. We have grown up expected to be someone we are not, and as adults we are now reclaiming our identities for ourselves by searching for belonging, by healing the trauma that’s referred to as the primal wound. It's so deep that we don’t remember it but so real we could never forget it. It touches everything we do and feel and are, but sometimes we don't even know how to put it into words. We'll look at some powerful excerpts from adoption memoirs and creative nonfiction and play with ways to tell our stories. We'll have guest adoptee authors visit class and talk about their journeys as writers and adoptees. We'll also write from prompts, from our guests' writings, and from our discussions. In our class we will not workshop but rather we will share our work with each other and the only response we will receive is a simple “thank you” and clapping, finger snapping, or prayer hands. This is a place to get comfortable sharing our words with other adopted people only. Over the course of our time, we will begin to shape on the page those parts of our stories that we've felt but struggled to articulate so that we can leave the class with new tools to keep telling our stories.

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Boston, MA, USA