Writing to Heal: Living with Cancer

This six-week workshop is for those actively undergoing cancer treatment or having completed treatment. Each session consists of a short writing exercise using poetry, prose, or a specific prompt that enable participants to write about whatever issues, concerns, or experiences they choose. A safe, supportive, and confidential environment allows participants to write, share, witness, and discuss any issues related to cancer and other aspects of their lives according to their own comfort level. In this workshop environment, participants can recover a sense of power over their lives, feel less isolated in their experience, and relieve stress and tension associated with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In numerous studies, expressive writing (writing about your deepest thoughts and feelings) has been shown to enhance general health and well-being and to increase immune function. In a 2008 study by the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, writing exercises led to improved quality of life for cancer patients.

No writing experience is necessary. 


“I do not wish my anger and pain and fear about cancer to fossilize into yet another silence, nor to rob me of whatever strength can lie at the core of this experience, openly acknowledged and examined.” ~ Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

“Healing is not forcing the sun to shine, but letting go of that which blocks the light” ~  Stephen and Ondrea Levine