How to Get Back to Your Memoir After Loss & How to Navigate Your Author Platform as a Trauma Survivor

About How to Get Back to Your Memoir After Loss & How to Navigate Your Author Platform as a Trauma Survivor

This week, you’ll hear from Camp Structure alumni Shoshana Koch, a writer and speaker who’s working on a coming-of-age memoir. During this episode, we explore the challenges trauma survivors face when building an author platform, how to deal with rejection, and how to re-engage with a writing project after an extended break.



Transcript for How to Get Back to Your Memoir After Loss & How to Navigate Your Author Platform as a Trauma Survivor

Welcome to the first episode of my season of summer shorts, a series of shorter, sweeter episodes where you’ll hear from writers working in the trenches right alongside you. Each week they’ll share their fears, doubts, and questions they have about the craft of writing and the writing life. Consider it your backstage pass to my coaching practice.

This week, you’ll hear from Camp Structure alumni Shoshana Koch, a psychologist, writer, and speaker who’s working on a coming-of-age memoir. During this episode, we explore the challenges trauma survivors face when building an author platform, how to deal with rejection, and how to reengage with a writing project after you’ve had to let it go.

Before we get to our conversation, I have a few questions for you. What struggles do you face when developing your author platform? Which ones feel especially difficult? Have you ever set a project aside due to a loss or major change in your life? How did you make this decision? What feelings do you have about re-engaging with it now? I hope you’ll ponder these questions as you listen along. Now let’s get to my conversation with Shoshana Koch.

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Show Notes for How to Get Back to Your Memoir After Loss & How to Navigate Your Author Platform as a Trauma Survivor

This week, you’ll hear from Camp Structure alumni Shoshana Koch, a writer and speaker who’s working on a coming-of-age memoir. During this episode, we explore the challenges trauma survivors face when building an author platform, how to deal with rejection, and how to re-engage with a writing project after an extended break.

Shoshana’s Bio: Shoshana is a psychologist, writer, and speaker who focuses on the intersection of trauma and addiction. She is editing a debut memoir set in an ‘80s childhood with her strung-out family (think “Lord of the Flies” meets “Trainspotting”) which examines how to mend the splinters of trauma’s shattering, claim our wholeness through the breaking, and live with the cost of the truth over the cost of lies. 

Resources Mentioned During This Episode

Episode Highlights

  • 7:58 Writing from the Scar, Not the Wound
  • 9:19 The 100 Rejections Club
  • 14:06 The Impact of Grief Anniversaries on Our Writing Lives
  • 16:21 Writing in the Aftermath of Grief
  • 22:53 Feeling Like You’re Behind 

Connect with Shoshana:

Connect with your host, Lisa:

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Sign up for Camp Structure: 14 Weeks to Find and Refine Your Memoir’s Narrative Arc: https://lisacooperellison.com/camp-structure-find-your-memoirs-narrative-arc/ 

Produced by Espresso Podcast Production: https://www.espressopodcastproduction.com



About Your Host

Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, trauma-informed writing coach, and host of the Writing Your Resilience podcast. She works and writes at the intersection of storytelling and healing, and combines her personal experiences with suicide loss and CPTSD with her clinical training to help writers turn tough experiences into art. Her essays and stories have appeared on Risk! and in The New York TimesHuffPostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others


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