Writing the Unspeakable: A Poetry Workshop on Grief and Trauma

Writing memorable poetry about grief is a little like being a surgeon. You can’t be squeamish. You can’t let your heart be broken by woundedness. You have but one duty: identifying, with keen awareness and without pity or sentimentality, why something hurts. In this workshop, we will wash our hands, roll up our sleeves, and go straight to work. We will name things. We will explore the sparkling dignity of candor. We will examine the musculature of difficult poems that stay with us. Participants will come to recognize the innate strengths of their own and others’ individual voices. We will become familiar with the instruments — aesthetic and instinctual — needed to write forceful, generous poems on topics that are hard to face Instructor: Frannie Lindsay, author of The Snow’s Wife; manuscript consultant



Start Date

September 18, 2020









8 Fridays, 6-9pm Begins Sep. 18

This class wil be taught online via Zoom. CCAE will send you a link and information on how to connect.

If you regiser the day before the class begins or after the first date, please contact zoom@ccae.or for the link.

Instructors: Frannie Lindsay


Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay’s sixth volume, The Snow's Wife, is forthcoming from Cavankerry Press this fall. Her honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award, the Washington Prize, the May Swenson Award, and the Missouri Review Prize, as well as NEA and Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowships. Lindsay’s work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Field, Plume, The Adroit Journal, and Best American Poetry 2014. She is a classical pianist.