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Writing What You Know

3 Hours • with Kira Rockwell • All Levels / All Genres

  • Starts Nov 10
  • 75 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

As writers, we're often encouraged to "Write What you Know." But what if what you know is difficult to write? What if writing what you know might hurt other people's feelings? And how they heck do you make a well structured plot out of a collection of non-linear memories without triggering yourself past your window of threshold? "Writing What you Know," is a trauma informed, healing centered workshop that teaches you how to transform personal experiences into an inspirational force that propels you towards creating authentic, impactful works of fiction based on true stories. The workshop will include a light craft talk, an equipping session, skill based exercises, generative writing prompts, and an opportunity to share your work out loud with your peers. The workshop will be facilitated by a trauma-informed educator and playwright whose work is rooted in nurturing communal spaces that disrupt passivity and inspire agency. Her award winning play, OH TO BE PURE AGAIN, which premiered at Actor's Express, is based on her experiences growing up in Pentecostal Christian Communities. INSTRUCTOR KIRA ROCKWELL is a neurodiverse playwright and educator for the stage and screen at Georgia State University. She is an Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a Recipient of Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, an Elliot Norton Nominee, and more. Selected plays include OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (Actor's Express); THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and WITH MY EYES SHUT (Original Works Publishing). Her work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Great Plains Theatre Commons, among others. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actor's Express, and Moonbox Productions. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. As an educator, Rockwell has taught at Brandeis University, Wheaton College, and centers across New England. Before graduate school, Rockwell worked at the intersection of mental health and arts education. Through a trauma-informed, healing-centered lens, she aims to nurture communal spaces that disrupt passivity and empower agency.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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