Write To Heal
Our partnership with the Cancer Support Community of North Texas enables us to provide patients and their loved ones with creative writing workshops, lectures, and readings that address their unique challenges. In the past, patients have been led through a Zine Camp where they blended art and poetry to produce a mini-book detailing their journey. We’ve also hosted 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton in a dinner experience that brought the community together to discuss “Expressions of Survivorship.” Our programming offers ways to find community, create beauty, and become emotionally stronger through creative outlets.
The Writer’s Garret has developed the Veteran Writes program to support military veterans and their families. Based on the work of James W. Pennebaker (Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval), our workshops offer strategies to help participants process and write about intense experiences in a way that promotes health and well-being. In addition to introducing writing’s healing potential, an ancillary aim of the program is to help participants develop the writing skills necessary for success in their lives.
Students with Disabilities
Through creative writing workshops, we are able to unlock the unique talents of students that may be unaddressed in the average classroom experience. In addition to being skilled writers, our instructors are trained in a variety of other disciplines, from opera to yoga. We can supplement the magic of words with the beauty of sound, mindfullness, or other gifts tailored to the needs of students.