Claiming the fullness of our stories: Writing and sharing personal experience of illness and injury
Time: Fridays 10am - 12pm (Pacific)
Date: February 23 - April 12, 2024
Fee: $240 for 8-week series (partial scholarships available)
Registration ends February 21, 2024. To register:
This 8-week, online writing group series invites participants to explore the multi-faceted experience of illness and injury through writing, sharing, and listening. All levels of writing experience and ability are welcome.
About the series:
We are all made of stories. Our stories allow us to know ourselves, to feel connection with others, and to claim space in our communities. In this series, we'll use writing to explore how our stories have been shaped by our personal experiences of illness or injury, and bring voice to the pieces that want to be told.
What you can expect to do during each session:
Explore themes of illness, injury, and health from a variety of lenses and perspectives.
Share pieces that want to be spoken out loud.
Listen to one others' stories with thoughtfulness and care.
Offer others simple, supportive reflection on their writing, such as phrases that impact or linger with you.
This group is more about process than product. There is no homework, and no expectation to complete a formal piece of writing, though some participants may choose to develop their writing between sessions and to share these pieces with the group.
What you can expect from me:
Offer prompts that open doorways for writing.
Provide gentle structure for writing together.
Create a supportive space for exploration and risk-taking.
Guide participants in listening to and offering reflection on others’ writing.
Respect, listen to and respond to the needs of each participant and the group as a whole.
Consider individual differences and support each person’s participation as best I can.
What I bring to this series:
As a speech-language pathologist and cognitive-communication coach, I have spent the past twelve years providing communication-based support to people with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. I am also a writer with my own experience of life-changing illness and have experienced, first-hand, the power of writing alone and with others. I have completed the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s facilitator training and strive to support people of all abilities to connect with themselves and others through storytelling.
To register for the group, or if you have any questions or want scholarship information: