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REGISTRATION CLOSED: Write Here, Write Now: Writing through Trauma

REGISTRATION CLOSED: Write Here, Write Now: Writing through Trauma

Dr. Juanita Kirton
woman writing on stone outside at Kirkridge

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Program information

We all experience suffering. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal. Despite this universal shared knowledge, it is risky to disclose our vulnerability. When we shed our mask and drop our script, this is when something magical happens, an awareness that most of our profound agonies and struggles are mutual. You are not alone.

Join Dr. Juanita Kirton in a safe space to write. Writing, specifically poetry, brought her from darkness into the light. Come unclutter and share more of yourself, wounds and all. In two sessions, on Tuesday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 25th from 5-7pm ET, we’ll be together as we grow and glow.

This program is limited to 15 participants.

Together, we will discuss, write (with prompts), share and care together, and will be guided by handouts, homework, and poetry. This space is for women only.

About your Facilitator: Dr. Juanita Kirton is recently published in AVOW (American Veteran Association for Women Magazine), Mom Egg Review, Narrative, Other Voices, Persimmon Tree, Pink Panther Magazine, Rat’s Ass Online Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Southeast Missouri State Uni Press, Stone Canoe, Veterans Voices, WORDPEACE, and several other journals.  Her Peace Haiku was selected for Peace Mural in Philadelphia. She is a member of Women Who Write, Inc., International Women’s Writing Guild and Women Reading Aloud workshop series.

In 2018, Juanita was awarded the Baker Veterans Writing Scholarship to attend the Longleaf Writers Conference in Seaside Florida. Her poem Fall Skates won 2nd prize in the Dream Quest One Writing Contest (2020). She was awarded Sisters in Script self-publishing grant and the recipient of the Goddard College Spirit Scholarship. She served on the editorial staff for Clock house Literary Journal, is a teaching artist with Crossing Point Arts (Arts for survivors of human trafficking) and facilitates writing workshops for Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center. Juanita’s new book Letters to My Father, published by Finishing Line Press (2020).

Juanita is a US Army veteran and has a BA, MEd, MFA, PhD. She lives with her spouse Carol in the Pocono Mountains, PA. Besides writing she enjoys touring the US on her motorcycle.

About Pricing: Kirkridge is committed to providing heartfelt and generous programming that is available to all.  And we need your help to continue doing so.  The cost of providing this program is approximately $40 per person. Please support this program if you are able. We will be grateful if you could contribute an additional amount to help cover the costs of others and as always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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