Post-Abortion Writing-Intensive Workshop


New York City


$0-60/session; sliding scale

Posted 15 days ago

About this Service

The Post-Abortion Writing-Intensive Workshop was inspired by a partnership with the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn that didn't quite pan out. In this 6-week, closed-group workshop for those who have had an abortion and felt grief for that loss, we will read literature by accomplished authors on abortion and write our own narratives, poems, letters, essays, and the beginnings of a memoir. The workshop will include explicit instruction, discussion of readings, guided thinking/processing, writing time, and peer review (gentle critique of your written work). At the end of the workshop, participants will present their portfolio, reading aloud from one of their pieces. The next writing workshop begins Wednesday, May 22nd and continues Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:30 pm for the first three weeks and 6-8 pm for the last three weeks through June 26th. The workshop will take place in upper Manhattan; the exact location information will be shared with the participants after successful registration. *Please note: Registration closes one day before workshop begins. Workshop caps at 6 students.

About this Lister

Lily Andrews is a 33-year-old New Yorker by way of Minnesota who had an abortion in 2016.

After struggling to find any acknowledgment for her complex grief in the wider world, she decided to create for those who have had an abortion a dignified, caring and no-nonsense healing experience—a sense of recognition, a kind of ceremony, an experience of supportive community.

Lily holds an MFA in nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College '22 and is a student in Hunter's Adolescent English MA program. She teaches students in grades 1-8, which may contribute to her extra dry sense of humor.

Lily is pro-choice.

Background and Expertise

The first Post-Abortion Workshop was a success! Participants are saying the following:

"Thank you for this workshop. Because of it I was able to transform the way I view my decision. I now feel more confident/strong and less shame and guilt. Thank you for being a part of my healing journey." -- G

"Can't express how much you have helped me heal..." -- C


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