"...Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person's health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory..."
"Writing Your Way to Happiness," The New York Times, January 19, 2015
Community Writing Workshop
for Women healing from Cancer
sponsored by The Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU
facilitated by Dawn Thompson
Tuesday Mornings, 10am-Noon (on-going)
Kohler Building, 7th Floor, Women's Health Center at OHSU
This workshop if free of charge
The intention of the writing circle is to enhance the physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being of women faced with the challenges of cancer, cancer treatment and resuming life after treatment. Writing with a group of peers in a safe, respectful environment not only creates community and connection, but can also reduce stress and anxiety and bolster confidence and resiliency. This workshop is based upon the methodology of the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, which uses prompts as doorways into the writing. Participants may choose to write about their experience with cancer or anything else that is presenting itself since all of the stories we carry, fact or fiction, can be sources of healing and transformation. The circle provides the opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves through our own writing as well as through the stories we hear in the circle. No writing experience is necessary.
To register or for more information,
contact Dawn Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The writers’ group is more than just an opportunity to process the cancer journey; it is a community of support and encouragement and a safe space to explore the corners of one’s heart and mind.”
~ OHSU Cancer Workshop Participant
"This group has saved my life. When I first came to the group, I was raw from hearing a dire diagnosis, chemo scarred and exhausted.Tuesdaymornings from 10 - 12 gave me somewhere to go. A reason to get up in the morning. A reason to get dressed. A reason to leave the house. A place of connection. A place of wisdom. A place of welcome. A place of peace. Writing with these women each week is a lifeline to me, and certainly to many of us. I hope our group's founders and funders know what a profound difference this circle has made and continues to make in my life. I won't get the gift of a cure in my lifetime, but I receive the healing gifts of story and of being heard every week. It's a good dose. It's the best dose. And I attribute a degree of my vitality these days to the healing power of the stories we weave. Thank you for the gracious way you continue to show up for us and build a safe place in the hospital and within the week that I can count on when so much else in my life is fragile and uncertain."
~ OHSU Cancer Workshop Participant
Dawn is available to facilitate community writing workshops for specific groups, either on a weekly basis or as a one-time offering. She has led on-going workshops for caregivers through Clackamas County Social Services, workshops for elders through Willamette View Assisted Living and Health Center and Laurel Parc Assisted and Independent Living, for hospice staff at Legacy Hospice, for adults waiting to adopt or who have adopted with Open Adoption and Family Services. In some cases the contracting organization pays the workshop fee and in other cases participants are responsible for workshop costs.