Writing about Grief and Loss with Alexandra Hewett

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Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: Writing about Grief and Loss (Creative Nonfiction/Memoir)

Instructor: Alexandra Hewett

Brought to you by Odyssey   

March 28, 2024 - May 02, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Thursday,  6PM ET  

Virtual via Zoom 



Course Description: Grief is something we all experience in our lives and writing about it can help with the grieving process and even be healing and cathartic. Sometimes it’s possible to find humor through writing about this difficult topic. 

In the class, we will focus on reading excerpts from nonfiction works about grief by Rob Delaney, Joan Didion, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Michelle Zauner. Participants will then write an essay about a personal experience of grief and loss, workshop each other’s essays in class, and revise their essays based on the feedback given during class.

The instructor will provide excerpts from the following books:


  • A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney


  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner


  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion


  • Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


*Note that reading the entirety of the books is not required, but optional. 


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ABOUT Alexandra Hewett

Alexandra Hewett is an actor, storyteller, writer, producer, teaching artist, mother, and yogi. She produces the storytelling show Mortified in DC and Baltimore. She wrote and performed her one-woman show Mother Therapy at MCS Theatre in NYC. She has performed at The Manhattan Rep Theatre, DC Fringe Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Baltimore Improv Group, the Magnet Theatre in NYC, and the Strand Theater in Baltimore. She has an MS in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Her essays have been published by Eight Stone Press, Baltimore Fishbowl, and Welter. Shimmer is her first book. She currently teaches writing at writing Stevenson University.


 Event Date
Thursday, March 28, 2024
6:00pm EDT

Thursday, May 2, 2024
8:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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