Alissa Torres: Writing Trauma

Meets: Every other Tuesday


Dates: September 26 – December 5 


Time: 6:30 - 9pm


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Writing Trauma


No one goes through life without trauma, and writing about it in fiction or in memoir is meaningful and powerful. In a respectful and protective environment, we will define trauma, examine its aftershocks, and think about the ways trauma stirs up other painful past experiences. From there, we will dig deeper into our works as we edit and craft them towards becoming their best true selves.

Throughout the course, we will read and discuss works that inform and inspire our

writings. Works include: 100 Demons by Lynda Barry, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid, American Widow by Alissa Torres, and short stories by Italo Calvino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among others.


Alissa Torres is the author of American Widow (art by Sungyoon Choi), a graphic novel memoir, about her experiences as a 9/11 widow and new mother. Her book was listed as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and was also an award finalist for the 2008 Books for a Better Life.


Alissa has written essays for the Guardian, Psychologies, Redbook, and,

among others. She received a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her writing

classes (2004), won a State Farm Embrace Life Award (2007), and a Special

Recognition Award from Intersections International (2010).


Alissa teaches Personal Essay Writing, Memoir, Graphic Novel, and Writing for

Wellness, at the Mid-Manhattan New York Public Library and at other public and private institutions. She is a non-practicing attorney, who also works with dogs. She lives in Manhattan.