"...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 living with Cancer
sponsored by The Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU
Tuesday Mornings, 10am-Noon (on-going)
Location: Kohler Building, 7th Floor, Women's Health Center at OHSU
“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, 2013
"I have been looking for a way to connect with others in “the wait.” This writingworkshop has been such a wonderful experience, a way to get to laugh and cry and be touched by the words and images we all create together every week. The safety and understanding in this circle has been invaluable to me.”
This is a safe place for people who are on their cancer journey to share their cancer stories. We hope writers and readers who are seeking support and connection will share their stories and comments with each other. This is a place to learn how other people have experienced their cancer diagnosis, their cancer treatment, and all the emotional, physical, and practical issues that go along with being a cancer survivor.
We will not edit or change these stories in any way. We also do not endorse any particular point of view. We only ask that people are kind to themselves and to each other and are respectful of other people’s experiences. Any hateful or critical comments will be removed.
If you are a cancer survivor or someone who lives or works with those who have cancer, this is a place where you can find hope, inspiration and understanding. We encourage you to write about your experiences and share them here with us.
You can choose to share your stories anonymously, or, use a pen name, or use your real identity. It's completely up to you. Just let me know when you submit your writing, how you would like to be credited for it. Also, if you do want to share your identity, you can include a couple of lines about yourself for an author's bio.
This blog is not affiliated with The Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU. It is organized and hosted by Malana McFarlen, a writer who participates in the Tuesday morning workshop and wishes to provide a respectful public space to share our cancer stories.
Partnership Workshops: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. Dawn currently runs an on-going group for women with a cancer diagnosis through OHSU. In some cases the contracting organization pays the workshop fee and in other cases participants are responsible for workshop costs. Staff Trainings:Dawn is also available to train staff to hold writing workshops for the communities they serve.