5 Takeaways on Writing Trauma


This episode of The Long Game is a continuation of Episode 184 where I shared the story about getting an invite to attend a panel discussion on writing about trauma, and how my schedule conflicted with the panel, and I wouldn’t be able to attend.

Well, as a happy end to the story, I was able to attend the panel after all, and it was so fulfilling to be in a space that invited me to think and reflect. It inspired and encouraged me.

Here are 5 key takeaways from this panel discussion:

  • Term of survival, concept of hope, and healing
  • Explicitness
  • Relationship between trauma and empathy
  • Being clear with your personal boundaries
  • Using form and structure to move through trauma

“Keep at your story and keep digging deeper into telling it.” -Sandra Scaiano

It’s amazing that we’ve developed a culture where we can openly share our experiences without the stigma around trauma. These stories are everywhere; in social media, books, and pop culture, but this doesn’t take away from your own story. Each story is different and equally important. When we share our stories and hear others, it lets us know that we’re not alone.

Links from Today’s Episode:

Dr. Roxane Gay

Leslie Jamison

Tochi Onyebuchi

Jacqueline Woodson

If Everything Is Trauma Is Anything?

The Trauma Plot