Writing the Journey is an online program for women affected by breast cancer to help you express your thoughts and feelings about your breast cancer experience. Whether newly diagnosed, post-treatment, years beyond diagnosis, or a woman living with metastatic breast cancer – this writing series offers you a safe and creative outlet for processing and coping with your experience while simultaneously connecting you with others in a supportive community. No previous writing experience is necessary!
Program runs Monday, January 23 - Friday, March 3
There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee for this program and class is limited to 15 participants. A closed facebook group will be created specifically for group participants and you will need an active Facebook account in order to participate. Register online by January 13.
After registering, you will receive an email with more information on how to access course content and participate in the group’s closed Facebook community.
Led by our experienced facilitator, author, poetry therapist and breast cancer survivor, Alysa Cummings, each session will showcase the published poetry and prose of a female poet or author who has experienced breast cancer and has used writing as a healing tool. Ultimately, these carefully chosen readings, along with writing prompts crafted by Alysa will inspire you to tell your own breast cancer story. Readings and personal writings touch on various aspects of the breast cancer experience such as: finding community through shared experience, exploring opportunities for personal growth following a health crisis, reflecting on your relationship with your altered body, as well as tuning into meaningful insights during recovery from cancer treatment.
Some of the writers whose previously published work will be showcased include: Sharon Bray, Kelly Corrigan, Julia Darling, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Alicia Ostriker and Anne Silver.
Course content along with related writing prompts are posted online via a closed Facebook group. From there, participants are invited to share their writing directly with Alysa to receive timely, confidential, personalized feedback. Additional readings and writing activities will also be posted on the Facebook page to promote daily writing, personal reflection and group interaction.