Most of you don’t know this, but I’ve spent my entire life writing, journaling almost daily for the past thirty years. Writing is my means of coping with seventeen years of childhood trauma and the mental and physical health challenges that resulted. I’ve always written poetry and stories, but never thinking I had any “right” to consider myself a writer.

In October 2018, I gave myself the gift of attending my first formal writing retreat at the Cagibi Lit Writers Retreat in the Hudson Valley. I also attended a poetry workshop with Fran Quinn. I decided to take courses offered through The Writers Studio, to work on crafting more powerful and expressive writing.

I’ve decided to share a portion of my writing here, pieces I worked on in my class assignments in particular. Thank you.

Writing Samples

Autobiography Sketch 1

jess ingrassellino, summer 2019