Writing Workshops

Upcoming events that use writing prompts from Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers to write toward healing and remembrance.

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Ongoing Writing Groups and Sessions (See registration information)

ONGOING: WRITING TOWARD RESILIENCE at UNC Hospitals. Carol Henderson offers a prompt-based weekly writing workshop at UNC Hospitals:Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. The workshop is open to patients and their families, hospital staff, and any members of the Chapel Hill and surrounding community looking for a writing respite. No registration required. No writing experience either. Sponsored by UNC Hospitals Bereavement Support Services, DooR to DooR, RCWMS and The Inavale Foundation. See more at Newsroom. For more information contact Heidi Gessner, Palliative Care Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator, Heidi.Gessner@unchealth.unc.edu

ONGOING: WRITING TOWARD RESILIENCE at SECU Jim and Betty Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care. Facilitated by Carol Henderson, a prompt-based weekly writing workshop on Mondays 12-1 p.m. for anyone who has been involved in the UNC Hospice community and to members of the Pittsboro community at large.  Meets at Hospice Home, 100 Roundtree Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312, 984-215-2675 for directions. Call Ann Ritter at 984-215-2650 or email at ann.ritter@unchealth.unc.edu for more information.

FALL 2019, SEPTEMBER 24, OCTOBER 8, 15, 22, 29, NOVEMBER 5, 12: WRITING OUR LIVES. Tuesdays in Bethania, NC at the old Alpha Chapel next to the Visitor’s Center and across from Muddy Creek Cafe. 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Prompt-based reflective writing including some prompts from Farther Along, led by Kay Windsor and sponsored by The Geist Institute for Women’s Words. See http://germanscript.geistinstitute.org/writing-our-lives-.html for registration or contact Kay Windsor for more information. Small fee charged.

JUNE 10, JULY 8, AUGUST 12, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019: WRITING THROUGH GRIEF.  Second Mondays at Trellis Supportive Care (formerly Winston-Salem Hospice & Palliative CareCenter), 9:30 – noon. You do not have to consider yourself a writer to attend.The workshops are not sequential; you may attend one or all. Call 336-768-6157, ext. 1600 to register. Free of charge to adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Kay Windsor, facilitator. See more here.

ONGOING: Lunch/writing with Bereaved Parents. An offshoot of writing sessions held at Hospice Support of Fauquier County, 42 N. Fifth St., Warrenton, VA. 20186. Contact Betsy Anderson, contributor to Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers, at 540-272-0229 for more information.

Events Open to the Community

Starting FEBRUARY 6, 2019: GRIEFSHARE a weekly support group to help after losing a loved one. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church led by Beverly Burton. For more information, contact Beverly at beverly@bburton.net .  

MARCH 20-21, 2019 (Wed. 2 p.m. to Thurs. 1 p.m.): WRITING TOWARD HEALING Overnight Retreat at Well of Mercy, Hamptonville, NC. For registration information, see this link . Writing Toward Healing is offered by Carol Henderson for adults experiencing loss: of a loved one, a way of life, one’s health, a job or any other loss. Through writing in response to carefully selected prompts in this safe environment, we will gently reflect, remember and reconsider. Sponsored by RCWMS and The Inavale Foundation.

MARCH and APRIL 2019: Lenten Writing sessions at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC led by Julie Hester. See Julie’s “Writing in Company” blog  for specific dates and for more information about Writing in Company workshops. Julie, one of the Farther Along writers, has been trained and certified to lead writing workshops using the Amherst Writers and Artists method.

Events for Staff Development

OCTOBER 1, 2014: TRANSITIONS LIFECARE (formerly Hospice of Wake County) offered two sessions for staff led by Carol Henderson offering the hands-on experience of writing and ways to use writing for personal reflection and restoration and for helping their clients. Some members of the Farther Along group offered panel discussions at both the morning and afternoon sessions.

DUKE UNIVERSITY Staff Development workshops will also be led by Carol Henderson.


Dottye reads an excerpt from Farther Along as Carol and participants in the Writing Toward Healing symposium listen at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art on March 22, 2014.


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