Skip to Content

Writing Workshops

On Writing Grief with Diane Zinna


8 Sessions

In stock

Once a week Mondays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT June 21 to August 9, 2021

Online via Zoom

I have come to believe that if you can write grief as you truly experienced it, you can write anything. During our time together, you will have the opportunity to workshop a story of up to 12 pages in a warm and supportive space. We’ll explore entranceways into grief stories and ways to end them meaningfully, even if we haven’t found closure for similar experiences. We’ll also look at how sound and structure can be used to communicate feeling; what constitutes change in a grief story; consider new ideas on sentimentality and reader resistance; and learn ways to care for ourselves as we tell these important stories.

Together, we’ll explore:

  • Writing from a wound vs. writing from a scar
  • What helps when writing grief
  • Ways to workshop grief stories
  • Grief writing structures
  • Showing change in a grief story
  • Grief in the body, objects, and nature
  • Writing long-term grief
  • Ideas on sentimentality and distance

All Levels
Capacity: 12

This workshop will take place online via Zoom.


Led by

  • Diane Zinna - Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and has taught creative writing for more than a decade. In 2014, Diane created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. In 2020, Diane received the ArtsFairfax Artist Grant for The All-Night Sun, her first novel, and the book was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Cabell First Novelist Award. Diane lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.