Grieving, Not Grammar


In a little more than two weeks, in a Hospice unit tucked away at the edge of the Atlantic, in Brunswick, North Carolina, a free grief-writing workshop will be held. When Vonnegut urged his students to “write a poem, tear it up,” he stressed the value of art, as such, apart from readership and representation. Grief workshop facilitator Katherine Moore explains, similarly, that “writing for therapy is a way of dumping out whatever is going on inside of you . . .and no one else ever has to read it.”

Writing for healing is a way to do something with the pain. It is cathartic, it is a release, and it is a way of being brutally honest with your feelings and getting in touch with your own emotions.

See here for more on the workshop . . .

Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →