You Can Provide a Scholarship for Writers of Trauma!

Writing through Trauma begins tonight! I am so excited for the women I will get to write with. Trauma writing has moved me through some terribly difficult times. I learned to write my trauma from my childhood therapist. My mother helped me continue throughout my life because she knew that I am a person who processes seriously and slowly. Without the support of the page, I can’t speak to what my life would look like, although I’m certain it wouldn’t be filled with the joys I have access to daily. The short periods when I have stopped writing were tortuous and difficult to survive.

But, Friends, please know that I have students who could use financial assistance. They are currently registered for Writing through Trauma and have a payment plan set up over the course duration. I’m happy to meet them where I can, but I do need to be compensated partially in order to run the class. For example, I have to pay to rent the space we are in, and I provide student materials. The full six week course costs $80. After paying for the space and materials, I come away with $40-50/student for at least 20 hours of work, and even that is dependent upon what I discover my students will benefit most from. My last class received prompt boxes and a book to keep them writing past the class end date. That is what I felt would best serve them moving forward. 

If it isn’t already clear, my goal in teaching this class is not to make money. As always, my goal is to help just one person. If that happens, I’m satisfied. Still, I need to charge for my time. It is valuable.

With that said, I want to accept scholarship donations for students requesting hep in this session. If you are interested in sponsoring someone’s healing, please contact me at with the subject heading SPONSOR FOR WRITING THROUGH TRAUMA. I will absolutely respect your privacy and I am willing to accept any donation amount.

Learn more about Writing through Trauma here.  And please feel free to share this post.

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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