Grad Student Jen Cross: 'Finding the Words'

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SF STATE MAGAZINE -- Jen Cross is a writer and writing workshop facilitator living in the East Bay. Through her organization, Writing Ourselves Whole, she has offered transformative writing workshops for trauma survivors and others since 2002. She will graduate from SF State with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in May.

I can’t get my story straight, I was thinking as I walked across campus past the J. Paul Leonard Library,” Cross writes. “That’s the whole reason I took the class — in fact, the reason I returned for my M.F.A. I feared I’d never learn how to tell this story of adolescent violence and loss, learn how to trace in words trauma’s trajectory, and its aftermath. Given my erratic relating in class, I thought, Do I even have what it takes to write this story?”