Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

  • Term: Fall 2023
  • Start Date: September 28, 2023
  • End Date: November 2, 2023
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Writing Grief: Time, Form, & Memory

Exploring the complexities of grief can be cathartic, empowering, challenging, and impossible. But as writers, it is also how we draw closer to our readers and, ultimately, to ourselves. We'll discuss writing that utilizes time, form, and memory as vehicles into grief. We'll read texts by writers such as Matthew Salesses, Jesmyn Ward, and Vauhini Vara, and discuss how they've transformed their grief into affecting art. Students will also engage in writing exercises and have the opportunity to share.

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen


Joyce Chen is a writer, editor, and community builder who draws inspiration from many coastal cities. She has covered entertainment and human interest stories for Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest, Elle, Refinery29, the New York Daily News, and People, among others, and her creative writing credits include Poets & Writers, Lit Hub, Narratively, and Slant’d, among others. She has contributed op-eds to Paste magazine, and writes book reviews for Orion and Hyphen magazines. In 2022, she co-edited the anthology Uncertain Girls in Uncertain Times, a collection of poetry paired with essays and life lessons. She is a proud VONA alum and was a 2019-2020 Hugo House fellow. She is also the executive director of The Seventh Wave, an arts and literary nonprofit that champions art in the space of social issues.