This session will cover ways to apply transformational empathy to your characters, your intended audience, and yourself as a writer to strengthen both your work itself and your creative process and practices.
Drawing on trauma-informed practices and problem-solving and perspective-shifting skills often used in social work settings, this session will allow you to deepen your understanding of your characters’ motivations and backstory while examining your own barriers and resistance.
Kathleen Furin holds an M.S.W. from Temple University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from New York University. She is a founding book coach with Author Accelerator and certified in the Amherst Writer’s and Artist’s method; she currently facilitates workshops for mothers using this model in Philadelphia. She was the co-founder of the Maternal Wellness Center (Best of Philly 2006); as co-director she created and implemented a number of programs for women, families, and pregnant and parenting teens.
She currently works as a consultant for Just Strategies, a consulting group which works with local communities and organizations on developing and centering best practices around equity and inclusion. At the Maternal Wellness Center, she developed the Sister Study Circle and Scholarship Program, which provided funding to women of color to pursue careers as midwives, doulas, and childbirth educators, She also developed and implemented the Manifest program, a parenting program for men who are incarcerated, and spearheaded the Diverse Voices Scholarship Program at Author Accelerator.
She teaches writing at St. Joseph’s University and Jefferson University. She has served on the fiction board of Philadelphia Stories and as a juror for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Kathleen is a finalist for the 2020 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Her work has been published in Literary Mama, Philadelphia Stories, Midwifery Today, Mutha, Permafrost, the Operation Homecoming anthology, and other journals and anthologies.