Last week Johnpaul built a ramp for our beloved Buster, whose legs are too short to jump into the truck on his own. Guided by a treat at his nose—and the cheers of his brother Finn—Buster quickly mastered the “mountain” like a champ.
This little ramp is so much more than a slab of poplar. It symbolizes what it takes to recover from a traumatic experience that might be holding you back. With the “write” tools, and the support of loving friends, you too, can easily triumph over the obstacles of life.
Based on research by Dr. James Pennebaker, “Write to Heal” offers 21 different expressive writing tactics (or tools) in an upcoming 8-week class at the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College beginning Monday, March 5, 2018. A pen and notebook is all you need for writing in timed sessions on assigned topics. Most importantly, you do not share what you write, it’s for your eyes only. Registration begins in December 2017. Just search for CCCC Creative Writing Program and click on “View the Online Schedule.”
Accomplished writer and workshop leader Mary Barnard, certified in 2016, has led 3 sessions for cancer survivors at Waverly Hematology Oncology in Cary and one session at CCCC in Spring 2017. You can make a positive difference in your health and well-being by giving “Write to Heal” a try! One cancer survivor said she used to dread coming to the clinic, but now she smiles when she walks in the door.
As a reminder, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, I’ll be leading a separate, daylong workshop on Flash Fiction at the same location. We’ll also be providing the “write” tools to turn your experience and ideas into memorable short fiction pieces. Every participant will leave with finished writing and a “do-it-yourself” kit of inspiration for future works.
Hope to see you at one of these events, or both!