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On Writing Grief with Diane Zinna


8 sessions

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Once a week Tuesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 24 to March 14, 2023

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 10 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 those 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.

Course Outline:

In addition to workshopping your own stories, we’ll discuss:

  • What helps when writing grief?
  • Special ways to workshop grief stories
  • Grief writing structures
  • Showing change in a grief story
  • Showing grief through the body, objects, and nature
  • Writing long-term grief
  • Ideas on sentimentality and distance

Capacity: 12


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    Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna is the author of The All-Night Sun (Random House, 2020) which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Cabell First Novelist Award. Her craft book, Letting Grief Speak, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and was the longtime membership director for AWP, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs. There, she created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. She is also the creator of Grief Writing Sundays, a popular writing class on telling difficult stories that has met every week since the start of the pandemic. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and doodle. For more, visit