This session is for any female identifying and non-binary people who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Part creative writing workshop, part research group: in this session we will explore how creative writing can help in navigating personal experience of CSA and processing its trauma. We will lead creative writing exercises as well as facilitating discussions around your experiences of CSA and how it affects your day to day life as an adult.
There will be options to share the work produced in the creative writing exercises, but any sharing of your writing is completely voluntary. In the writing activities as well as group discussions, you are welcome to engage as much or as little as feels comfortable for you, and to explore themes you find significant – there is no requirement in any way to ‘share your story’. We will also look at the way CSA is portrayed in literature and the media and discuss how we, as survivors, would like these experiences to be portrayed. We encourage you to bring examples of CSA portrayed in literature or media, be they positive or negative, to discuss with the group.
The sessions will be co-facilitated by Silke Grygier (founder of the Survivors Collective) and Jemima Foxtrot (writer and performer) both of whom are survivors of CSA. Silke has extensive experience in facilitating workshops with CSA survivors and Jemima is an experienced creative writing facilitator.
The sessions will run in the Upstairs Studio of the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street , London, WC2H 9BX.
If you would like to attend but the cost of getting to the venue is prohibitive, please get in touch and we can look into providing you with travel costs. These sessions are free but please reserve your place.
These sessions are being held as part of a project grant funded by Arts Council England. Their aim is to share creative writing as a tool to deal with trauma and to inform a work of fiction which will explore CSA.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jemima at [email protected]
18 + only.