Writing to Heal begins July 7, 2014

The next Writing to Heal course (online) is just around the corner, starting July 7, 2014. Please join us!

Writing to Heal: Soothing the Soul (through words, images, and experiential activities) is a dynamic, experiential and reflective writing-based course that encourages and allows participants to transform feelings about past abuse, assault or violence into empowered hope. Participants will use writing, art, and movement exercises to address topics that impact many survivors and loved ones.

Writing to Heal is designed for transgender individuals, gender non-conforming folks, and loved ones whose lives have been touched by sexual abuse or assault. (All other identities are welcome to participate! Likewise, people who have experienced other forms of violence will also benefit from this course.) The course is designed for individuals who are at nearly any point in their healing from sexual violence.

The course is led by FORGE staff, michael munson and Loree Cook-Daniels, who have constructed a curriculum that is both trauma-informed and trans-positive.

Writing to Heal is 100% free and 100% accessible to anyone, anywhere in the country. (You will need access to the internet and either a headset linked to the computer or a separate phone line to participate on the calls. If you don’t have direct access, most libraries offer free internet and we can help you find ways of getting online.)

The structure is simple, yet rich.

  • Opening introductory call and group writing
  • 5 assignments on 5 different topics
  • 36 inspiring quotes, lining up with the topics
  • Closing call with a time for sharing your writing
  • 1 welcome packet with the supplies you will need
  • 1 private online group for sharing and reflecting and gaining support

Sign up by completing the short online form on this page: http://forge-forward.org/anti-violence/for-survivors/writing-to-heal/ or emailing michael munson <tgwarrior [at] forge-forward [dot] org> directly with a request to join.

Registration for this course ends June 27, 2014–> EXTENDED to July 5, 2014. Each course has limited space, so sign up today. (The next course will begin July 7, 2014.)

This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-KS-AX-0006 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.