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Writing Through Grief

Thursday 18th October 2018

"All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them." Karen Blixen

What did Danish writer Karen Blixen mean when she said this and how can we put the idea into practice? This is a 1-hour workshop for people who are interested in crafting a piece of creative writing about grief. It will be led by Emma Gilkison, who has written a memoir about her first baby, who had a rare heart condition and died when he was 15 ½ days old.

Through a mixture of discussion and practical exercises the workshop will explore: the way placing our experience in a story can help us find coherence and meaning in our lives; choosing a creative writing form; examples of literary writing about grief; setting up good supports and deciding when in the grieving process to embark on a writing project.

The workshop aims to provide inspiration and ideas around how we might approach writing about grief.

Entry to the workshop is by koha. All proceeds will go to Sands – an organisation that supports families dealing with miscarriage and infant loss. Please bring pen and paper.

Bookings required by contacting, (03) 5468100 or inquiring in any of our branches.



October 18, 2018




Nelson & suburbs


Elma Turner Library
27 Halifax Street, Nelson

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