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“Literature is the best thing humanity has. Poetry is the heart of literature, the highest concentration of everything that is the best in the world and in man. It is the only true food for your soul.”  
Lyudmila Ulitskaya



We are a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression. We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

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Writing and Trauma Conference

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Andrew Spratley, Conrad Kuiper, Nathan Barry)

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Andrew Spratley, Conrad Kuiper, Nathan Barry)

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Writing and Trauma Conference program information and schedule

The Writing and Trauma Conference provides a forum for writing teachers from both academic and community-based settings to investigate the methods that support the transformational/therapeutic potential of writing. Traumatic experiences can occur in any place at any time, on any street, in any neighborhood, in our schools, churches, and in our homes. The desire to give expression to our stories, especially our trauma narratives, is universal, arising from both an interpersonal and neurobiological imperative to find meaning, cohesiveness, and connection through narrative structures. It is essential that we become knowledgeable about teaching methods that enable the full expression of the stories that most need to be told. This conference provides the opportunity for participants to engage in an evolving dialogue at the interface of writing and trauma, and to develop networks for continuing to promote empowerment, healing, and change.

Panelists bring years and careers of experience working in community and academic settings in which the subject of writing and trauma has shaped their work. Over the course of the day, they will share theories, methods, cautionary tales, and success stories. Our aim is that the panels and the discussions will provide information, methods, and inspiration for using the writing process to give voice and hope to those who have lost both.

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Conference Speakers Include

Kathleen Aguero, Julie Batten, Rafael Campo, Susan Deer Cloud, Anthony D’Aries, Richard Hoffman, Tom Kane, Adrie Kusserow, Helen Elaine Lee, Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy, Fred Marchant, James Parker, Lani Peterson, Chath pierSath, Peggy Rambach, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Joanne Turnbull, and Claire Willis.