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AKA Adoptee Forum | Writing Workshop: The Healing Journey

  • Women Make Movies 115 West 29th Street, Suite 1200 New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

In her book, The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, Nancy Newton Verrier (therapist and adoptive mother) discusses how the separation of an infant and birth mother affects all members of the adoption triad. The healing process from this devastating loss requires understanding, acceptance, empathy and communication.

During this two-hour writing workshop, Heather Schultz (Korean-born adoptee and former Also-Known-As board member) will lead an intimate discussion on Part III of this book followed by empowering writing exercises about the importance of adoptee healing support groups and practicing forgiveness.

Familiarity with the book's themes and content is recommended. Due to a generous donor, Also-Known-As will be able to reimburse the purchase of the book to workshop participants. Simply bring your receipt for a physical or digital copy of the book to the event.

WHO: International Adoptees (18 yrs. and older)
WHEN: Monday March 25th 6:45pm - 8:45pm
WHERE: Women Make Movies, Suite 1200, 115 W 29th Street, New York
COST: FREE for members; $5 for non-members
RSVP: Email to Bianca Kuijper to RSVP and for questions

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.

*** 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 adoptees. While we welcome community supporters, friends, and families of adoptees to many of our events, our forums are closed to non-adoptees. ***

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Later Event: April 10
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