Passage Writes: Sign-Up
The Passage Writes writing workshop is seeking to create a safe space to share and collect adoption stories to support adopted children and their biological families, particularly birth-moms. Based on feedback we've received, we are opening up our writing workshop to include anyone in the adoptive community who has a story to share.

You might be a:

* Adoptee
* Birth-mom
* Birth-dad
* Biological grandparent
* Sibling of an adopted child
* Friend of a person who made adoption plans
* Adoptive parent

Of course, there are many ways we are each connected to adoption. You are all welcome to attend.

Our goal is to create an empathetic environment where barriers of judgment, shame, and anonymity can be broken down through the writing process.

Our writing workshop is a private event and allows up to 20 people from Alaska to participate. We are trying to gather some information that will help us meet your needs and respect your experiences. The information you provide will ensure that many voices will be represented in our private writing workshop. We understand these questions may be sensitive, and we want you to feel safe. We will guard your answers. They will remain confidential.

You do not have to be a writer to join us. You just need to be willing to share your story. When you get to the portion of the sign-up that asks you to share your stories, please do not fret about whether they are "good" enough. It doesn't matter how well you write, and no stories are "bad." We just want to be prepared to help you where you are in our private writing workshop.

You have experiences that are unique to you, and other people need to hear them. You are choosing to tell them to us. We respect and cherish that. Because of our writing workshop constraints, we only have room for 20 participants at this time. We will reach out to you after receiving your sign-up form to work with you about your involvement.

We will not publish your stories without your permission, whether you end up coming to the Passage Writes writing workshop or not. No matter what happens, we will hold your stories dear and keep them safe, honoring your bravery and honesty.

If you come to the Passage Writes workshop, we are asking you, to the best of your ability, to:

* Spend May 11-12, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska

* Come to the public talk on May 11, 2018, led by Amy Seek, a birth-mom who wrote her adoption stories in God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother

* Attend the private writing workshop sessions on May 12, 2018

* Share your adoption stories and listen to other people's adoption stories during the private writing workshop sessions

* Consider allowing us to publish your stories (which may remain anonymous or first-name only)

Choosing to tell your adoption stories is brave. Being willing to write them is even braver. So thank you for letting us know you want to participate in our workshop in Anchorage, Alaska. We are honored by your interest in Passage Writes.

Please submit this sign-up form before Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Everyone who signs-up will be contacted about their involvement by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact passagewrites@gmail.com.

Your Name *
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Your City *
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Your Email Address *
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Your Phone Number (including Area Code) *
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How are you connected to the adoptive community? Please check all that apply.
How long have you been part of the adoptive community? *
How old were you at the time you began interacting with the adoptive community? *
Are you connected to people in "open" or "closed" adoptions? *
What is the form of contact if "open?" How frequently does contact occur? *
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Have you ever shared your adoption stories before (whether written or not)? *
Your Adoption Stories: Please tell us your adoption stories. You might want to write about events that led to a child's or children's adoption plans and how it felt to go though with them. You might want to write about how it's been for you since the child's or children's adoption was finalized. You might want to raise other issues. We encourage you to write at least four sentences. However, please feel free to share more than that, if you want. *
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Are you involved in any adoption-related organizations, online communities, or adoption therapies? *
Your Goals: Please tell us why you want to participate in this writing workshop. What do you hope to gain from participating? What do you want to learn? Your answers will help us ensure that we structure the writing workshop in ways that are useful to you. *
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Your Age *
Your Race/Ethnicity: Please check all that apply. *
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Your Education: What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? If currently enrolled, please select the highest degree received. *
Your Marital Status *
Your Household Composition: Please check all that apply. *
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Your Religious Affiliation: Please select all that apply. *
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By submitting this form, you are acknowledging that you understand that you will work with writing and story-coach instructors to share your own adoption stories. You are also acknowledging that you understand that at least one of your stories may be edited and published, with your permission. No participants, including instructors, will receive financial reimbursement for their involvement. *
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