Grief on the Page with Steph Jagger

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Great Room, Class Code: WR081122SJ
  • 11



Ever craved the catharsis of processing something by way of the page? Ever wanted to turn a painful experience into prose? If so, join Steph Jagger, author of Everything Left to Remember, for this two-session workshop.

Together we will:

  • Explore and untangle the suite of emotions that is grief,
  • Write and share,
  • Listen and learn, and
  • Excavate and alleviate.'ll walk away with:

  • Two to three pieces of first-draft writing in response to Steph's prompts,
  • In the moment feedback and edits on any shared work,
  • A carefully curated list of suggested reading and resources,
  • A custom-designed list of writing prompts and practices, and
  • A better sense of yourself within the landscape of grief.

Words can soothe. Words can create space inside and out. When wrapped this way and that, they can take us apart and put us back together. Words can move us from loss right back into life. Join us.

To note:
No particular type of grief experience is required. All of us have experienced a loss of some kind: a person, a job, some version of ourselves, our two front teeth. If you want to look at loss -- sit with it, process it, shift it or shape it -- you’re in the right place. No writing experience is necessary. All of us have written something: a sonnet, a novel, a grocery list. While Steph is a writer with extensive experience in publishing, editing, and craft, in this workshop we’re looking for catharsis over quality, process over profundity. If you know how to use a pen or a keyboard, you’re in the right place.

"The way we deal with loss shapes our capacity to be present to life more than anything else. The way we protect ourselves from loss may be the way we distance ourselves from life." - Rachel Naomi Remen


  • This class will be held in BARN's Great Room located to the left of the reception desk after entering the front door. 
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor Bio:

Steph Jagger is a best-selling memoirist of two books. Her first, Unbound: A Story of Snow & Self-Discovery was published in 2017. Her second, a mother-daughter story called Everything Left to Remember was published in 2022.
Outside of being an author, Steph is a sought-after mentor and coach whose offerings guide people toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their stories. All of her work, including speaking and facilitating, lies at the intersection of loss, the nature of deep remembrance, and the personal journey of re-creation. Steph grew up in Vancouver, Canada and currently lives and works on Bainbridge Island, WA. Find more at or @stephjagger on Instagram.

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