Chestnut Hill mom and writing professor Andrea Ross has started a blog: The Sought-After: On Growing Up Adopted.
An intimate glimpse into the life of an adult adoptee, her writing is personal, informative, and touching. In the few posts already up, she touches on being adopted, finding your birth parents, infertility, exploring adoption, and parenting her five year old son. In her latest post, she provides readers with a great list of resources on all aspects of adoption with perspectives from both adoptees and adoptive parents, memoirs, psychology, and even poetry.
Have you been touched by adoption? Andrea and her colleague Betsy Self Elijah will be holding a free one-day writing workshop at the Big Blue Marble in November:
Voices of Adoption
This one-day workshop is for anyone touched by adoption who wishes to explore her or his stories through creative writing. In a relaxed and supportive environment, the instructors will guide students through writing prompts, sharing of work, giving and receiving of constructive feedback, and discuss
ion of the writing process and adoption-related topics.
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 1-3pm
WHERE: Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 3rd Floor Community Room, 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119
To RSVP for Voices of Adoption, contact Andrea Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-220-9250.
Andrea Ross, M.A., was adopted in Colorado in the late 1960s. She has a Master’s degree in creative writing, and has been teaching creative writing courses for all ages since 1992 through California Poets in the Schools and the University of California. A former wilderness guide, Andrea is especially interested in writing about the intersections between adoption, literature, and the environment. Since moving to Philadelphia recently, she has taught writing at La Salle University and The Morris Arboretum.
Betsy Self Elijah, M.F.A., was born in South Korea and adopted by a Caucasian family in the 1970s. With an MFA in Creative Writing: Memoir and Creative Nonfiction, Betsy serves as nonfiction editor for Quay, a literary journal, and has taught personal narrative writing workshops in the Philadelphia public school system, Free Library of Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative, Pan African Studies Community Education Program at Temple University, and Mt. Airy Learning Tree. Betsy works as a Reading and Writing Specialist for Community College of Philadelphia and as a freelance writer for the Chestnut Hill Local.