Trauma is often at the heart of our stories as human beings. Big and small, the explanatory power of hardship and distress can lead us back to love.
In this workshop, Rick will take participants through the science behind trauma and how that affects what we do as people, for better or worse. Using this grounding, we will then be able to focus on stories and how we tell them honestly and sensitively, whether that be writing about others or ourselves.
Importantly, this is not a session about despair. These tools and this level of understanding provide hope and truth; a roadmap for the path forward.
Rick Morton has covered social policy for The Australian since 2013 with a particular focus on large government programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, child care and the employment services system. He also reports on the broader welfare system, youth unemployment and politics. He is based in the Canberra Press Gallery and also writes a column in The Weekend Australian‘s Review section. Rick is the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018), a family memoir about trauma, poverty and the isolation of the Queensland Outback.
Date: Thursday 1 August Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm Where: Byron Community College, East Point Arcade (opposite Mercato) Jonson Street, Byron Bay Cost: $65 General / $55 Members