Whether we wanted to be mothers or not,
Whether family and society pressured us to have children or not,
Losing a pregnancy at any stage – or not being able to get pregnant – can be extremely painful.
Some of us have undergone gruelling fertility treatments that impacted years of our lives.
Some of us are in a panic about our ticking biological clocks.
Some of us would rather forget.
Some of us might find it hard to be around friends who are pregnant or have little kids.
Some of us might feel isolated.
We don’t talk about it much.
We don’t want to make people uncomfortable.
We might feel ashamed.
In this one-day creative writing workshop led by theatre-maker and musician Avital Raz, we’ll create the safest space we can for people who have gone through issues with their fertility. We’ll explore the possibility of using our difficulties in creating life as creative material. We’ll get thoughts down on paper, and share them with others – if we want to.
If you’ve had a miscarriage, stillbirth, or difficulty getting pregnant and would like to approach these issues creatively you are very welcome to join us. The workshop will also be supported by a mental health practitioner.
Saturday 6 November, 11am-3pm at Contact (lunch will be provided)
For more information or to join email email@example.com
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for people who have themselves had a miscarriage, still birth, or difficulty getting pregnant. If you are the partner of someone who has had a miscarriage, still birth, or difficultly getting pregnant, and would like to get in touch, please do – as we may have future workshops for broader groups of people.
You don’t need to have any creative writing experience to take part in this workshop. As long as you’re interested in the idea of using creative writing as a way to think about your experiences, this workshop is for you. You won’t have to share any writing if you don’t want to, and your writing won’t be used in any way after the workshop, unless you would like it to be.
Who is leading the workshop?
Avital Raz is a theatre-maker and musician. Avital has had 3 miscarriages and has spent the last 5 years dealing with endless other issues with her fertility. She is currently developing a solo show around these issues and will be leading this workshop.
Avital writes that “Miscarriage and infertility are such taboo subjects. My hope is that my show will provide some solace to women/people/couples who often feel isolated and even ashamed to discuss what they’ve been going through. The only art I know how to make uses my pain as inspiration. It’s also the only way I know how to get through the shitty parts of life.“