Community Outreach

Write to Heal

The story of a healthier life.

Study after study confirms that expressive and creative writing can be used as a tool to aid individuals facing physical and psychological challenges and develop and enrich healthy, productive lives. The Write To Heal outreach program is a collaborative effort that uses creative writing as a means towards building a more vibrant, wholly healthful community. Write to Heal uses expressive narrative workshops led by teaching artists to serve those impacted by cancer, teen parenthood, child homelessness and/or family trauma; its subprogram, Writing Over War, helps veterans and their families tell their stories and process their experiences with military service, war, and its aftereffects.

To bring Write to Heal to people in need, the Writer’s Garret Garret partners with a diverse group of organizations, including Trinity River Mission, a volunteer-based scholastic organization serving West Dallas; Alley’s House, a resource center and support network for teen mothers; the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare Services, a mental health clinic for veterans and their families; and others.  Whether veterans grappling with the emotional impact of war, youth searching for the ballast of inner identity, families impacted by a diagnosis of cancer, or writers seeking personal healing through connection, The Writer’s Garret empowers people to enrich their own lives.

Want to bring Write to Heal programs to your community?

Contact Co-Executive Director Michael Clay at [email protected]

Our Write to Heal Partners

Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community

Support Network

The Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Trinity River Mission

Trinity River Mission

Community Learning Center

Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community learning center that provides educational and social opportunities that inspire students and their families to dream, believe, and achieve.

Alley's House

Alley's House

Support Network

Alley’s House is a powerful support system for teen moms to focus on their personal and professional goals as they work toward independence.

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare Services

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare Services

Mental Health Service Clinic

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive mental health care to veterans and their families regardless of ability to pay, using evidenced-based practices with a holistic approach to improving the quality of life for our veterans and their families.

Writing over War (WoW)

The Writer’s Garret has developed Writing Over War to support military veterans, their families, and others affected by conflict. Our workshops offer strategies to help participants process and write about their intense experiences, tell them with skill and power, and share in a way that will help others better understand their service. Recent partners include Juliette Fowler Communities, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, VFW Post 6796, Bring Everyone in the Zone (BEITZ), and VSA Texas’ Distinguished Artist Veterans Program.