Reframing Trauma in Fiction Workshop with Author Kelly Fordon

We are excited to partner with for local author Kelly Fordon on "Reframing Trauma in Fiction" a virtual workshop. Kelly is the author of "I Have the Answer" which was published by Wayne State University Press in April. 

**Please note that this workshop will dive into sensitive topics namely sexual assault**

In this workshop, Kelly Fordon will discuss a traumatic event in her own life and the advantages and disadvantages of reworking that experience in her short story "The Devil's Proof." She will also provide time for writing prompts and discussion following her reading. A therapist will be on hand to talk about how "telling it slant"  might prove beneficial for healing. To prepare for this workshop we ask you to purchase "I Have the Answer." and read the story, "The Devil's Proof," before class.

This workshop is the first of two discussions. The second one will take place on Saturday, July 18th at 1pm. 

To sign up for either virtual workshop please fill out this google form

In the second discussion on July 18th, "Facing Trauma in Nonfiction," Kelly Fordon will discuss taking her own trauma on again in a nonfiction essay called "Astraphobia" for the literary magazine "River Teeth." This workshop will also include time for writing and discussion. Selections from the essay will be provided to participants prior to the class.

About I Have the Answer

If you thought the suburbs were boring, think again. Kelly Fordon's "I Have the Answer" artfully mixes the fabulist with the workaday and illuminates relationships and characters with crisp, elegant prose and dark wit. The stories in Fordon's latest collection are disquieting, humorous, and thought-provoking. They might catch you off guard, but are always infused with deep humanity and tenderness.

In these thirteen short stories, Fordon presents people dealing with the grayness of reality and longing for transcendence. Characters within these stories are often as surprised by their own behavior as that of their neighbor's. In "Jungle Life," the narrator attempts to clarify and document the stories of his father, a war veteran, before he descends into dementia. In "Where's the Baby?" a woman reflects on her difficult childhood as she grudgingly cares for her more successful, yet exasperating sister. In "In the Dog House," a woman visits an estate sale and sifts through the layers of lifetimes past while grappling with her long-standing jealousy of a mysterious neighbor. In "The Shorebirds and The Shaman," a woman who has just lost her husband winds up at a kooky weekend retreat role-playing her way out of debilitating grief.

Award-winning author Desiree Cooper has called the stories in "I Have the Answer" "pitch perfect . . . Fordon takes us to the precipice where trauma and triumph are equal possibilities. The people in these stories are so hauntingly real that long after I put the book down, I found myself wondering what had become of them." Readers of contemporary fiction and short stories will enjoy mulling over the complicated feelings this collection evokes.

KELLY FORDON is the author of an award-winning short story collection, Garden for the Blind (Wayne State University Press, 2015); a poetry chapbook, The Witness, which won the Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook; and a poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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I Have the Answer (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814347522
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wayne State University Press - April 7th, 2020