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Special Workshop: Writing as Transformative Tool for Survivors of Trauma

  • Cambridge Women's Center 46 Pleasant Street Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

Join us for a special writing workshop for trauma survivors, facilitated by writing and meditation instructor Nadia Colburn. 

A description of the workshop:

All people need to make meaning of their lives and have agency in their lives, and for trauma survivors, whose experiences usually have broken meaning in radical ways, this quest is often both more difficult and more urgent. 

 Writing is a powerful means of exploring meaning-making. Writing is a safe way to begin to witness oneself. It helps survivors begin to piece together narrative--which so often gets fragmented for trauma survivors. It is also an effective means to integrate different parts of the brain through creative expression, which often has access to deeper, older knowledge than the logical left brain. 

 Traumatic memories are often stored in the body, outside of verbal language. Writing can help re-integrate those non verbal memories through creative expression.

 Through the writing process, survivors begin to claim their own story and have agency over that story, instead of living in a state in which their story has agency over them.

 This writing session will bring together writing, contemplative practices, and conversation in a safe, loving atmosphere for participants to experiment, play and tell their own stories. 

 The workshop is open to participants with all levels of writing experience and will provide a supported space guided by a person who is deeply sensitive to the needs of trauma survivors.

Earlier Event: May 31
Weekly group meeting
Later Event: June 21
Weekly group meeting