August/September Course Offerings by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie in Bloomington, IN


It’s that time again! My next set of classes at Unity of Bloomington has been approved. Here are course details:

Writing through Trauma

Six Mondays from August 31-October 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This class will be a supportive space for adult writers negotiating difficult topics, regardless of genre or experience. We will discuss writing trauma from a safe space, self-care, critical reading, how to give and receive constructive criticism, what writing style works best for us and why, finding our voices, and point of view among other topics. At least 30 minutes of every session will be devoted to in-class writing. Writers are encouraged to share their work, but not required. Regular out-of-class writing and reading will be assigned for in-class discussion. The class is $80 per person and is open to all genders. Attendance is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is required. Some scholarships are available. Please contact Shawna directly at with scholarship inquiries.

If you would like to provide a full or partial scholarship for current or upcoming writing through trauma classes, workshops or retreats, please send me an email.

What Makes a Successful Story?

Five Sundays from August 30-September 27th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In this class, we will examine critical and commercial successes and failures among recent publications, including both short fiction and novel excerpts. A portion of each class will be spent practicing the literary devices and techniques we identify in our own writing. Completion of weekly reading assignments will be required for class participation. Students should expect to spend upwards of two hours on reading and writing between class sessions. Internet and email access will be necessary for materials access. The class is $125 per person. Attendance is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is required. Contact for more information about the class content.

Registration will be available online through the Unity website under Classes/Workshops/Events, and is now available by check made payable to Unity of Bloomington.

For more about Shawna, click here.


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  1. […] can honestly say I never have a dull day. Outside this site, I am a mother of three wild things. I teach Expressive Writing privately in my hometown of Bloomington, IN as a tool for healing trauma. I coach […]

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