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Grief, Grace & Gratitude: A Healing Workshop for Black women writers | 4-Week Online Writing Workshop

Chántelle Adanna Agbro Mondays, February 26- March 18
8p-10p ET
5p-7p PT
7p-9p CT
4 class sessions

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Grief, Grace & Gratitude: A Healing Workshop for Black women writers focuses on emotional healing within writing. We begin by defining grief, identifying and confronting how it shows up (physically and emotionally), and explore how it affects your creative writing. We'll workshop new and sustainable ways to extend more love, grace, and gratitude, especially in difficult times.

This workshop is designed to ignite healing by beginning the process of unlearning, recognizing what is not healthy, and releasing the emotional commitments placed on us by external factors, and, most importantly ourselves. We will create room to intentionally feel, process, and let go of what doesn’t serve us without guilt, shame, or judgment.

Our goal? To break generational curses by centering grief and gratitude to unlock freedom, and delve deep into your "why." We'll dissect the literary text Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie so we can learn how to transform our pain into authentic creative pieces for self-healing and, in turn, the healing of others.

Open to beginner and intermediate writers.

About Notes on Grief:
Notes on Grief is an exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope, written in the wake of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s beloved father’s death in the summer of 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic raged around the world, and kept Adichie and her family members separated from one another, her father succumbed unexpectedly to complications of kidney failure. 
Expanding on her original New Yorker piece, Adichie shares how this loss shook her to her core. She writes about being one of the millions of people grieving this year; about the familial and cultural dimensions of grief and also about the loneliness and anger that are unavoidable in it. With signature precision of language, and glittering, devastating detail on the page—and never without touches of rich, honest humor—Adichie weaves together her own experience of her father’s death with threads of his life story, from his remarkable survival during the Biafran war, through a long career as a statistics professor, into the days of the pandemic in which he’d stay connected with his children and grandchildren over video chat from the family home in Abba, Nigeria.

*PLEASE NOTE: The book is NOT included in your course fee; must be purchased separately, in advance, via the vendor and in the format of your choice.


All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.

Meet Your Instructor:
Chántelle Adanna Agbro

Chántelle Adanna Agbro is a Nigerian- American millennial Literary Artist, International Award Winning Self-Published Author, Speaker & Educator currently based in LA. Originally from Maryland, she self-published her first memoir at age 23 titled, My Soul Told On Me (available on Amazon). Since then she’s self-published 2 other literary pieces and curates freelance pieces as seen in Shondaland, iHeartmedia, and Sheen Magazine etc. Her work, is deeply rooted in the emotional and mental health of black women throughout the entire diaspora.

Course Takeaways

  • Learn the difference between aimlessly venting and story telling
  • Identify grief and the way it shows up
  • Curate methods to meet ourselves where we are in moments of emotional distress
  • The importance of gratitude while grieving and how that fuels creative writing
  • The connectivity between our thoughts, world view, self view, and our writing
  • Addressing myths to dispel or redefine, so our writing breeds clarity opposed to chaos

Course Expectations

  • Participants are expected to read Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and to answer these 3 questions:
    • What is grief to you? What is gratitude to you? How do you process moments of pain and joy?

Course Skeleton

  • Week One: Defining and Identifying Grief & Gratitude
  • Week Two: Sis, You're Beyond Deserving
  • Week Three: Authentic Storytelling v Aimless Venting
  • Week Four: Your Story is Gold and Needs to Be Truthfully Told


We offer full refunds for cancellation with written notice up until 7 days before your class start date. From 6 days to more than 24 hours before class begins, we offer a 25% refund. If you drop a class less than 24 hours before the class begins or after it has started, you are ineligible for a refund.