Adoptee Writer’s Experience
Welcome! I’m so glad you found us. When I first started offering introductory sessions of the Adoptee Writer’s Experience (AWE), I believed adoptees needed a safe space to talk and write about their adoption stories with other adoptees. I believed adoptees wanted to write their stories, and more importantly, I believed we needed to write our stories.
I still believe this.
As adoptees, we’ve often spent most of our lives struggling to belong. To fit in. And that’s why being in a writing community with other adoptees is crucial when writing our adoption stories. Knowing we are not alone, not the only one, and not crazy while writing about the craziness we’ve experienced as adoptees helps us escape the fog we’ve lived in. Surrounding ourselves with other adoptees who seek to make a difference (whether for ourselves or the world) through writing and creating fills the void.
It’s a place we fit in. We belong.
Writing is personal and intimate. It makes us vulnerable. And we need to feel safe. We need to have the freedom to write all that we feel and have experienced, knowing we have a fiercely protected space where we can share our stories and writing with others who will understand.
That’s what you’ll find in the Adoptee Writer’s Experience.
There are a couple of ways to get involved.
The first way is to join the Introduction to the Adoptee Writer’s Experience class, where you’ll meet other adoptees, learn different writing techniques, and begin to get comfortable writing and sharing your adoption story. This is a great way to get your feet wet while working through any fears about writing that may be holding you back. Classes are offered periodically and kept small to ensure personal connections and attention. No experience with writing is necessary to benefit from this program. These classes are open to everyone! I hope you’ll join us!
Another way to get involved (or stay involved after completing the Introduction to the Adoptee Writer’s Experience) is through our Adoptee Writer’s Experience Online Community. This community is beginning to grow and is available to all female-identifying adoptees. You are not required to take a class to join the AWE Community. So please contact me if you’re interested in joining a supportive community of women adoptees.