Writing Your Resilience Episode 3: Practicing Radical Acceptance With Zebib Abraham

About Practicing Radical Acceptance with Zebib Abraham

Zebib Abraham joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to discuss why she writes fiction, the relationship between writing and mental health, and how practicing radical acceptance can help writers cultivate resilience and self-compassion.





Show Notes for Practicing Radical Acceptance in Your Writing Practice with Zebib Abraham

Zebib Abraham joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to discuss why she writes fiction, the relationship between writing and mental health, and tools writers can use to cultivate resilience, self-compassion, and radical acceptance of themselves and their work. 

Here are a few questions to ponder as you listen to this episode: Have you ever considered whether something should be written as fiction or nonfiction? Do you wonder which genre might be the most compassionate to you and allow you the freedom to explore your emotional truth? Do you know what self-compassion actually means and what it takes to cultivate it? 

Zebib K. Abraham (she/her) is a writer and psychiatrist. She is a graduate of Cornell medical school and completed a Master’s in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Zebib has been published in FANTASY Magazine, The Rumpus, The Chestnut Review, Podcastle, and Necessary Fiction, among others. She is a full member of the Science Fiction and Writers Association and has been a commissioned storyteller for the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Zebib publishes under the name Z. K. Abraham, and writes film criticism in addition to her work in fiction and creative nonfiction. She is represented by C. L. Geisler at ArtHouse Literary Agency.

Episode Highlights:

  • 10:00: Choosing Fiction Versus Nonfiction 
  • 20:30 Writing and Mental Health 
  • 30:00 The Inner Work of Your Writing Life 
  • 35:00 Understanding Radical Acceptance  
  • 39:30  The Challenge of Oral Storytelling 
  • 49:00 Tools for Being a Resilient Writer 

Resources mentioned during Practicing Radical Acceptance

Connect with Zebib:

  • Twitter – @ pegasusunder1 
  • Bluesky – @ pegasusunder 
  • Instagram – @ pegasusunder
  • Website: https://zkabraham.com/

Connect with your host, Lisa:

Sign up for Find the Memoir Structure that Works for You: https://janefriedman.com/find-the-memoir-structure-that-works-for-you-with-lisa-cooper-ellison/

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



About Your Host


Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, and trauma-informed writing coach with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art, and currently teaches courses in memoir, the psychology of writing, and the book proposal. Her essays have appeared in Huffington PostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. 


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