Writing about child sexual abuse

‘I could write a book about sexual abuse’

How many people have said this about their experiences? A great many people I meet have plans or are writing a book. A book that may or may not ever be published. Some people write for their personal process and satisfaction, others hope that maybe, someday… A book is a pretty tall order though. Perhaps for most people, a blog would be a better place to start.

Having a story, doesn’t make you a writer

Having experienced sexual abuse doesn’t necessarily make you a writer. Having a story to tell is important in order to be a writer, but there’s also some very concrete and practical skills that come with writing. And while writing a book is not easy, almost anyone can learn to write a blog.

Online writing course about sexual abuse

  • Would you like to learn to write about sexual abuse?
  • Would you like to get your story on ‘paper’?
  • Would you like to contribute to the healing of others?

Whatever your reason is for wanting to learn, this is the place to sign up! A personal, online writing class that will teach you how to write a blog, how to tailor your story to the readers you would like to reach and how to make a difference with your blogs.

Writing about child sexual abuse

There’s quite a few specific challenges when you’re writing about child sexual abuse.

  • How do you make this subject matter easier to read about?
  • How much do you want to disclose about your personal story?
  • How do you avoid becoming pornographic, when describing what happened?

There’s also the challenges any writer faces

  • What time-perspective do you take
  • Which audience are you trying to reach?
  • How can you get your message accross

Writing for the internet

  • What is SEO and how do you use it?
  • What’s the difference between book-writing or internet-writing?
  • Grabbing the attention when most people just browse

What does the course look like?

This is how the course looks:

  • The course runs for 6 months and you write and publish a blog once a month. (between 500 and 1000 words)
  • Blogs are published when we are both happy with the content, on this website and they are promoted on the social networks as well.
  • You can publish under your own name or a penname of your choice. A profile picture of you is included in the blog.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, you can choose a picture from Agnes van der Graaf to represent you on the site.
  • You receive a personal assignment every month or after your previous blog is posted.
  • After each blog you send in, I send you comments, tips, coaching, and help you make it suitable for publication.

Flexibility in the writing process

Advantages of this personalized course in online writing about child sexual abuse

  • You follow the course in your own tempo
  • You send in the assignments at your own time
  • You work from the safety of your own home
  • You can remain anonymous if your choose
  • You reach an interested audience with your blogs (publication on the site is preferred but not mandatory)
  • You help create a body of knowledge and experience about sexual abuse
  • You learn the skill of online writing plus the basics of SEO.

What does it cost?

You get all of this at the low introductory price of $20,00 a month or per blog. Why so cheap, you might ask? There’s a few of reasons:

  • To help people open up about child sexual abuse
  • To have resources available to people wanting to heal
  • I benefit from having lots of content on the website (good SEO)
  • I enjoy the work of editing
  • It’s a try-out. (My normal rate would be closer to 60/70 dollars per month)

Coaching in case you run into anything

Should you run into any personal issues (as happens quite a lot when you’re working with the stuff of sexual abuse) I am available for personal coaching as well (not included).