Writing as Healing Workshops – March 19 & 26, April 2, 9, 16 & 23


Writing as Healing Workshops

Guided by the Writing to Wholeness Toolkit developed by Elena Anderson Eggert and Wendy Brown-Baez
Learn more about this project at https://writingtowholeness.com/

Location: Pine Center for the Arts
Tuesdays @ 5:00 p.m.: Mar. 19 & 26; Apr. 2, 9, 16, & 23
Registration: No fee to attendees (maximum enrollment at 12)
What to bring: Notebook/journal and writing tool
These workshops are for individuals who consider themselves survivors in any fashion and who want to explore the healing capacity of writing and how writing can be a way to connect or reconnect with self. Research shows writing can be cathartic and a way to process feelings. This is not to say that your writing in the workshops must focus on any hardships. Rather, you will write only what you are inspired to write.
The sessions will be modeled after Writing to Wholeness where “we come to the circle as writers. The writing circle is therapeutic, but it is not therapy; It is supportive, but it is not a support group.” Participants will not be asked to write about painful experiences; however, if they do, it will occur in this supportive space. The purpose of the workshops is to guide participants into self-affirmation, self-discovery, community, and connection.
Sample Session Outline
¥ Greetings and check-ins
¥ Group agreements and acknowledgements
¥ Mindfulness moment
¥ Poem #1 and prompt #1 writing time
¥ Sharing
¥ Poem #2 and prompt #2 writing time
¥ Sharing
¥ Self-reflection on your own writing
¥ Group collaboratively found poem
¥ Closing mindfulness moment
The intentions of the workshops are to provide self-reflection and community through the sharing of writing. With that, you decide how you want to participate. During our time together, you can share only what you want with the group. There is no requirement to speak and/or to offer up what you have written. The writing sessions will begin with prompts inspired by poetry; however, you get to decide
whether to follow them or not. Also please note that I (Stacey) am not a therapeutic practitioner, and so the workshops are not professional therapy nor mental healthcare. I am, however, a survivor of childhood abuse and know the power of incorporating writing within my own process of healing.
Hello. I’m Stacey Foster. I am a long-time resident of Pine City who, after graduating from Hamline with an MFA in creative writing, teaches writing and English at Pine Technical & Community College and facilitates journaling circles and writing workshops through the Art Center. In addition, I am a writer with a handful of published poems a completed memoir, The Girl in the Mirror, which I hope finds its way into the world soon. Beyond that, I would love to share how writing has been such a beacon for me and how it can be for you as well.

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