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Narrative Therapy with Kate Read, Ph.D.: A Trauma Writing Workshop

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In an effort to heal and renew this new year, The Hivery would like to invite you to a Writing Workshop hosted by writer and founder of the agency Black Dot Writing, Kate Read

In this workshop, we will explore different kinds of trauma and the complexities inherent within them. You will understand how to write about trauma and the long-lasting benefits of trauma writing and narrative therapy. You will begin a writing exercise in class that you can then take home to complete over the next several days to deepen your writing, and healing, around your trauma.

Key Takeaways from this workshop include:

  • Explore different kinds of trauma

  • Understand the complexities of trauma

  • Learn how to write about trauma

  • Understand the long-lasting benefits of trauma writing and narrative therapy

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. BYO brown-bag lunch discussion.  All are welcome!

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The Writer’s Circle is one of The Hivery's monthly member events. Mark your calendar for the second Thursday of each month from 12:30-1:45pm to join this program.

Refund Policy
We know that life happens and things change. We will gladly offer you a full refund for a workshop or event when requested via email to at least seven days prior to the event. Please note that no refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of a workshop or event.

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About Kate Read, Ph.D

Kate Read

Kate W. Read, Ph.D. is a recovering academic who has been a professor of writing and sociology for over ten years. Her doctoral research centered on the sex work community where she used narrative therapy techniques to help sex workers overcome various work-related traumas. Kate has published many peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as SexualitiesCommunity, Work & Family, and a chapter in the textbook Trauma and the Teaching of Writing. In 2018, Kate founded Black Dot Writing, a ghostwriting and editing agency that focuses on memoir and non-fiction, and specializes in working with trauma survivors. As a cancer survivor, Kate has also used writing to help integrate her own experiences with trauma so that she can enjoy her life with her husband and two beautiful boys.  


"It’s a real testimonial to your Writing Group because I felt supported and therefore took bigger risks in my writing.  I am very grateful. Lots of high fives to you." - Lisa Pepper-Satkin, Executive Therapeutic Coach, MA, MFT after getting paid for placement of her essay. 


Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the best-seller novel THE NEST; Melissa Cistaro, author of NCIBA BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2015 winner PIECES OF MY MOTHER; Elizabeth Stark, author of SHY GIRL; Heather Young, author of LOST GIRLS winner of the 2017 Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel; Nina Schuyler, author of THE TRANSLATOR winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction; Katherine Ozment author of GRACE WITHOUT GOD winner of Publisher Weekly's Best Books of 2016; Kaitlin Solimine author of EMPIRE OF GLASS short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize; Jill Dodd, author of The Currency of Love, and Victoria Piontek, literary associate and author of The Spirit Of Cattail County.