Writing through trauma

September 16, 2019

Five members of the Berks County community will discuss their personal experience of “Writing through Trauma,” Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., in Albright College’s McMillan Student Center, south lounge. Supported by a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, this panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Therapist, artist and psychology instructor, Cynthia Thomasset, will open the event by discussing research surrounding art as a healing modality. Participants will discuss the process, impact and tangible results of writing about trauma.

Panelists include Alicia Durrant, Amber Kulaga ’03, Corinne Laity, Kelly Tanger and Jillian Quale ’20 — all of whom spent a full year actively expressing personal trauma through creative writing and poetry. These emerging writers will present original poetry or prose, sharing personal reflections on their acts of writing about trauma.

Panel moderator Marian Wolbers is a published author and English instructor who actively facilitates three writing groups in the larger Berks community that include Albright students, military veterans, disenfranchised individuals and others of all ages.

A question and answer session will explore opportunities to begin trauma journals and publish work.