I've decided there's a need.
This is a group for trauma stories. Writers often feel like no one wants to hear about it. How do you write about trauma without re-traumatizing the reader? How do you make it a gift rather than a burden? Think of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Trauma stories can be told and retold, each time from a different distance and perspective. Writing about trauma can be healing for the writer and the reader, though it has to be carefully, meticulously revised and revised and crafted so it is not just a "spill." Take all the risks you want at Shred the Safehouse, but think of here as both a place to be safe, accepted and validated, and a place to take big risks in being honest about the contradictions inherent in telling your stories of traumatic experiences whether they be stories of illness, accidents, war, child abuse, loss or any of the plethora of traumas inflicted on ordinary lives.
Join, tell us your stories, read those of others and engage in a discussion of how to write about trauma.