[ONLINE] Writing Through Cancer: Book of the Month Club

Date(s) - January 27, 2021 - April 28, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

[ONLINE] Dorothy O'Brien Center Zoom
6522 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

In this series of workshops, we will explore illness narratives that have been written as creative nonfiction thematic memoirs. Each month, a new book will be introduced (please check this web page at the beginning of each month). If you sign up for this workshop by the 5th of the month, I will make arrangements to send the book to you at no charge to you. If you sign up after that, I recommend acquiring it from an independent bookseller if possible (here is a link to a website that lists those in our area).

We will use the book as a jumping off point for discussion during the workshop. One week in advance of the workshop (this is the deadline for signing up), I will send a chapter excerpt from the book of the month with 2-3 discussion question prompts for you to consider as you read the excerpt. It will not be necessary to read the entire book to participate in the workshop (although all of the books are highly recommended reading), just the excerpt. If you do read the entire book, your knowledge of the whole book may be useful for the discussion.

In addition, I will offer writing prompts during the workshop and there will be optional sharing of anything written during the workshop.


The idea for focusing on illness narratives (some of which will be cancer-related and some that will not) is that these kinds of memoir can be healing in the reading, as well as spark new ideas for writing about your own experiences because of the different perspectives they provide. Please note that some of the material will be difficult to read. If you find it to be too difficult for you to read, please listen to your inner voice.


For the January 27 workshop, the book we will explore is Lightning Flowers by Katherine Standefer. I learned about Kati when I took her Illness Narratives 3-day intensive writing workshop at Hugo House about four years ago. She then became a writing mentor, supporting me with my own writing. I was so thrilled to see her book published this Fall. She shared some recommended resources to use in exploring this book that I will also bring to the workshop. If you’d like to acquire this book directly from her publisher, please go here. Again, if you sign up for the January 27 workshop by January 5, I will send you the book myself!

Dates: Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28


Download link for computers and smartphones: https://zoom.us/download

Once downloaded, you will use this link to register:
Once registered, you will receive information on how to join the meeting.

For dial in:
We hope that you can join our Zoom meetings with video. If you are unable to, please email classes@cancerlifeline.org or call (206) 832-1277 M-F 9am-5pm and we’ll provide a dial-in number.

Pamela Krueger, MA, MFA, LMFTA


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