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Navigating Grief and Trauma: Writing to Heal

October 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Join us for a special webinar for everyone looking to heal through writing and trauma AND to learn about how to write about grief and trauma.

Write|Publish|Sell (which then led to the Women in Publishing Summit) began when I wrote and published Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. I wrote this book after the traumatic loss of my infant daughter. If anyone understands the power of Writing to Heal, it's me. But writing to heal can come in many formats. I also wrote my first RomCom while healing from my divorce and surviving the Covid lockdown. We have compiled a special panel of authors and grief experts who will talk about Writing to Heal AND how grief impacts our creativity, with strategies to regain our writing mojo. I believe this will be a very impactful session. For all authors of all genres.

We've all experienced some level of grief, loss, and trauma in our lives. I'm looking forward to a healing and beautiful session for writers on how to not only overcome this so that we can write, but also, how to use our stories to heal ourselves and others.

We'll follow this webinar with a writing workshop, specifically on writing about grief and loss in your fiction. Louise Pachella educates writers about dead bodies, funerals, and all things related to death. She's going to instruct on the different kinds of grief and how to incorporate this into your characters if you're writing about death, grief, and loss in your novel.

The Writing to Heal Panel includes:

Alexa Bigwarfe – Alexa began writing as a way to heal after she lost her infant daughter, Kathryn. As she navigated the self-publishing world, she began to share her knowledge with others, and hasn't stopped! Now she has three publishing houses, Write|Publish|Sell – a company dedicated to training authors in everything they need to know to publish and market their books, and hosts the Women in Publishing Summit. Additionally, she runs a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, that provides care packages at no charge to grieving mothers. Her writing has been featured in over 35 print and digital media outlets.

Lindsey M. Henke is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in the grief that accompanies life transitions. She founded Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS), a nonprofit for parents pregnant after a previous perinatal loss or infant death. Her writing has been featured on and in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Lindsey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where during winter she can be found with her nose in a book. The rest of the year she enjoys hiking with her two living children and husband.

Leah Mele-Bazaz is the author of Laila: Held for a Moment. Excerpts from her memoir were shortlisted for the Eunice Williams Nonfiction Prize (2021) and a finalist for The Southampton Review Nonfiction Prize (2020). Her writing has appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal Online, Barren Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2021, she won Barren Magazine’s December Instagram Poetry Contest. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Drexel University, where she also teaches Rhetoric and Composition.

Samantha M. Ruth
Samantha is a Psychologist, Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Host of The Be Ruthless Show, a podcast dedicated to Making Noise and Breaking Stigmas.

Samantha’s mission is to change the way the world views both grief and mental illness, so people can get the help they deserve without fear of judgment, labels, and repercussions. Samantha is the Proud Founder of Griefhab, rehab for grief, a 24/7 community open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Honoring her late husband, Jim, gives her life daily purpose.

Lea Grimaldi

Lea Grimaldi is an author, speaker,, and mind, body, spirit coach—reiki master, yoga, barre, and meditation instructor—with more than 20 years’ experience teaching. Her book, Increase Your Peace from A to Z: Simple Steps to Find Calm Amid Chaos, is a mini-directory for stress relief in which she shares her daily practices to manage anxiety.

Then stay (or join us) at 2 pm ET for the second event!

Good Grief! Writing An Authentic Grief Experience In Your Novel

Learn about the physical and emotional manifestations of different types of grief to give your characters depth and relatability.

This applies to the death of a character AND to non-bereavement losses, such as divorce, infertility, loss of a home, or loss of independence. Louise will teach you to discard the notion of linear grief stages and ensure that your characters are properly impacted by loss, experiencing a realistic grief journey rather than recovering within the following chapter. At the end of the presentation, attendees will have a deeper understanding of a multitude of grief responses and know how to deliver an emotional punch that will resonate with readers. Topics covered will include the different types of grief, how children understand loss differently, and grief myths to avoid.

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October 16, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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