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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Events Open to the Community

JUNE 13 in Raleigh, NC and JUNE 21 in Durham, NC:

On June 13, in Raleigh, NC, and June 20, in Durham, NC, Carol Henderson will be offering journal writing workshops for caregivers at the Caregivers Summit: Navigating the Transitions in Life

Here’s more on the summit in the sponsors’ words:  “Caring for a loved one can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Caregivers understand they have a job to do as a full-time member of their loved one’s care team. Caregiving can be shared among you, your family, your case manager, therapist or even your doctor.  The Caregivers Summit provides respite, resolution, and resources as you navigate life’s transitions.”

Here’s Carol’s workshop description: Writing in a journal is a useful tool for helping us cope with and make sense of our lives. We can track what matters to us and how our loved ones are doing. We can record important information, jot down memorable moments, and explore our deepest feelings. Evidence-based studies show that writing about what’s important improves the immune system, lowers pulse and blood pressure, and can offer healing shifts in perspective. In this session, we will learn easy and accessible techniques for self-expression that can relieve stress and offer personal insights–even if we have very little time. No writing experience necessary.
For more information and to register, click here.
Sponsors include AARP, the American Cancer Society, and the ALS Alliance.

SEPTEMBER 29, OCTOBER 20 : WRITING TOWARD HEALING.  Fridays at 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 the flyer: 2017-writing-workshops-with-kay-windsor

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, Project Compassion, and the Inavale Foundation. For more information contact Heidi Gessner, Palliative Care Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator, Heidi.Gessner@unchealth.unc.edu

Spring 2017, MARCH 7, 14, 28, APRIL 4, 18, 25: WRITING OUR LIVES. Tuesdays in Bethania, NC at the old Alpha Chapel next to the Visitor’s Center and across from Muddy Creek Cafe. 9:45 – 11:45 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.

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.

WRITING TOWARD HEALING. 9:30 a.m. – noon at First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. Led by Carol Henderson, author of Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers. The current group is closed. Sponsored by Project Compassion and The Inavale Foundation.

Events for Staff Development

OCTOBER 1, 2014: TRANSITIONS LIFECARE (formerly Hospice of Wake County) plans 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 will offer 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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