"...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
facilitated by Dawn Thompson:
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.”
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.