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Adoptee Forum: Writing Workshop ‘The Primal Wound’

  • The Yard 246 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)


In her book The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, Nancy Newton Verrier discusses how, in order to heal as adoptees, we must fully understand, and acknowledge, the pain associated with experiences of abandonment and the loss of birth parents.  

During this two-hour writing workshop Heather Schultz will lead an intimate discussion on Part I of this book followed by healthy writing exercises to release negative emotions and restore integrity of the self.

Familiarity with the book's themes and content (chapters 1 - 4) is recommended.  Thanks to a donor, we will be able to reimburse the purchase of the book to workshop participants!  Simply bring your receipt for physical or digital copy of the book to the event.

WHO: International adoptees only
WHEN: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 6:45pm - 8:45pm
WHERE: The Yard Flatiron North, 246 5th Ave, 3rd floor (at 28th street)
COST: FREE for members; suggested $5 for non-members
RSVP: Please contact Bianca Kuijper for more information.
Please feel free to bring snacks or refreshments to share.

The purpose of Also-Known-As adoptee forums are to create a confidential and safe space for adoptees to discuss personal topics. These forums are only open to international adoptees. While we welcome community supporters, friends, and families of adoptees to many of our events, our forums are closed to non-adoptees.

Heather Schultz’s Bio

As a former journalist, Heather Schultz has covered a wide array of beats including bridal technology, criminal justice, reproductive health, pop culture, direct marketing, legal technology, digital marketing and interior design. Her articles have been published in The New York Times,, New York Daily News and St. Louis-Post Dispatch.

With a passion for social change and technology, Heather has transitioned into nonprofit communications and content marketing. Her keen interest in the intersection of communications and media relations has led to her adjunct professor positions at two prominent academic institutions in New York City. Heather currently teaches Persuasion and Public Opinion at Fordham University and Speech Communications at Baruch College.

In her spare time, she is working on a memoir about her journey for unconditional self-love and acceptance from the lens of a Korean adoptee, Long Island native and domestic violence survivor. She received both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Public Administration from Baruch College. Heather is also a former board member of Also-Known-As.


Earlier Event: November 14
Dinner: November
Later Event: December 8
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