Writing About Trauma, Conflict, and Loss (Online)


Flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, October, 2016. Photo by Sharon Raynor.

Trauma survivors often sense a loss of control over their own lives and circumstances and feel deeply conflicted due to a changed sense of self, a changed way of relating to others, and a changed worldview. This course will deepen and broaden our understanding of how trauma, conflict, and loss are intertwined, and what it means to write about and document these entities in the “post-traumatic age.” Students will discuss strategies for producing writings that recapture the past, face the loss, and reconcile two conflicting realities—the one destroyed by trauma and the one that is different, yet remains. Students will also focus on the evolution of these narratives. (6 hours / All levels)

Dr. Sharon D. Raynor, Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts and a Professor of English at Elizabeth City State University, focuses on documenting stories of war, trauma and silence in African American communities, which is the subject of the short documentary film and enhanced eBook The Silence of War (thesilenceofwar.org) about African American Vietnam Veterans in Eastern North Carolina. She has held fellowships at Duke University, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, and the United States Air Force Academy. Her current projects include a book manuscript on practicing oral history with war veterans with Routledge Press and a co-edited book volume on teaching race with SUNY Press.


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Raynor 2/29 - 3/1 Sa Su 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $210.00 View