Workshop: Writing as a Tool for Healing
A five-part virtual writing workshop with Alexandra Vassilaros, founder of The Make Meaning Workshop
In a year of upheaval on all fronts, ArtYard ‘s programming is constructed around the notion of a Year of Mending.
We are pleased to offer Writing as a Tool for Healing, hosted by Pulitzer-finalist Alexandra Vassilaros of The Make Meaning Workshop. A playwright who lost her husband six years ago, Alexandra has designed a five-part virtual workshop that offers a safe and creative space to process loss and open pathways to healing.
For most of us, life may provide sudden, disorienting, and even disabling challenges. How do we stabilize ourselves as we find our way through the unknown? By writing together, we will energize our capacity to find spaciousness and compassion for ourselves and others as we move through crisis and suffering.
This workshop permits our shared complications to become our shared humanity — our similar struggles with love, loss and grief may orient, tenderize, and even reassure us. By responding to poetry and simple prompts, we will quietly listen, write, and read our way out of isolation which can help us notice what else is possible. There is no crosstalk or feedback from participants, only a boundaried and inspiring space for creative inquiry.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Throughout the series, participants will have the opportunity to:
- Explore the extraordinary details of your life on paper in a safe and respectful environment
- Engage your inner voice as a transformative tool for growth
- Experience how a writing practice can nourish, restore, and become a stabilizing ritual
- Bring awareness to obstacles, vulnerability and fear that compounds loss, grief, and stress
- Deepen your capacity for optimism, hope, and aliveness
Five Tuesdays evenings between Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 (Nov. 23 is a skip week): 7 to 8:30 PM on Nov. 2; 6:30 to 8 PM on Nov. 9; 6:30 to 8 PM Nov. 16; 6:30 to 8 PM Nov. 30; 6:30 to 8 PM Dec. 7.
This workshop takes place over Zoom. Participants will receive further instructions prior to the first workshop.
The cost for the full series is $100. ArtYard is offering a fair and affordable option through pay-what-you-can admission for people to whom cost is a barrier for participation.
HAVE A QUESTION?
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact ArtYard at [email protected] or call 908-996-5018.