Writing through Trauma Featured in the Indiana Daily Student

The Indiana Daily Student ran an article on my path to teaching Writing through Trauma on Monday, January 26. I met with writer Cassie Heeke at the local Barnes and Noble, my favorite writing spot. Cassie had requested an interview after seeing an announcement for my class. Initially, I was frightened by the thought of accepting an interview as I have little experience on the receiving end of interview questions. I wondered what I could share, if I could feel safe in the process of speaking out on my journey.

What I decided was, yes, I would enjoy publicly sharing the details of how this class was conceived. I prepared myself by considering what felt good to share and what felt like too much. I’m a talker, so this was an important step for me. There are many aspects of trauma I have not shared. Some I am still working my way through. Others belong only to me, and it is my right to maintain boundaries.

Meeting with Cassie was comfortable. I spoke probably in far greater length than she expected in response to her questions. She explained that she thought the class was important. She was excited about what I am doing.

When the article came out, I was nervous about being misquoted despite Cassie recording our conversation. My greatest concern was that she would make the same mistake I have on this blog: naming survivors as victims.

I’m happy to share there was no need to worry. The title of her piece was “Trauma survivor teaches writing class to help others.” You can read the piece on the IDS website here:

“Trauma survivor teaches writing class to help others”

I admit, what I owned in the article was quite frightening, but Cassie did a beautiful job with this piece. It has already connected me in several circles and presented opportunities to expand what I can offer locally. Maybe some of you will be in my next class?

You can find the stories mentioned in Cassie’s article here:

The Letter No One Wrote My Mother

Confessions of an Almost Abuser

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. […] experience levels since 2004. I currently teach a recurring class in Bloomington, IN called “Writing through Trauma” in addition to other private classes as time permits. This course is designed to aid […]

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