Writing Toward "Respair": Virtual Personal Essay/Memoir Class
Dates: 4 Thursdays, March 16 - April 6 On ZOOM CLOSED
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm PST
Instructor: Tommy Mouton
If at first glance trauma and hope are like oil and water, what might it mean that writing can often do the impossible and become the great emulsifier?
In this course we will name the areas of our lives where the most respair (as fresh hope) is needed and write in an effort to heal from despair via memory retrieval, identity formation, knowledge-making, emotional intelligence, among other life-defining self-care practices.
With Jesmyn Ward, Louise DeSalvo, James Pennebaker, Rachel Havekost and others as our writing guides, let's learn to share and write with empathy and optimism about the traumas that have too-long kept us from being the best version of ourselves for the best people that deserve us.
Tommy Mouton is a southern writer and an award-winning educator. His work appears in Flash Fiction Forum, The Adroit Journal, Auburn Avenue, Callaloo, and Reed.
Over the years, Tommy has received support from the Tasajillo Residency, the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Callaloo, among others. His creative writing teaching efforts were recently recognized by AWP as part of their inaugural HBCU Fellowship Program.
A current Writers’ League of Texas fellow, Tommy teaches in the English major at Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning.