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In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore the transformative power of writing as a tool for healing and growth. Through guided prompts and exercises inspired by the AWA method, you will be encouraged to tap into your inner voice and to explore the painful and distressing events of living then written about in a safe and supportive environment.
The focus of this workshop is not on reliving traumatic events, but on creating beautiful writing and as a side benefit we process and integrate . You will be encouraged to be gentle with yourself and to approach the process with curiosity and compassion.
We will create a safe and nurturing space where you can feel free to express yourself without fear of judgment. The emphasis is on generating new writing, rather than critiquing or editing existing work, and the atmosphere is one of supportive exploration.
Whether you are a seasoned writer or someone who has never written before, this workshop is for anyone who wants to use writing as a tool for transformation and healing. You don’t need to have a background in writing or to have experienced trauma to participate. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to explore your inner world through the power of words.
Dr. Meadow Jones received her PhD from the University of Illinois. Her dissertation “Archiving the Trauma Diaspora: Affective Artifacts in the Higher Education Arts Classroom” focused on the use of artistic and material practices in the redress of trauma. In combination with her experience as an AWA facilitator she has adapted her research and created trauma responsive curriculum and workshops. She is social practice artist, an award winning filmmaker and community organizer. Her work has been published in literary journals, peer reviewed scientific journals, poetry collections, books and chapbooks. She has facilitated arts and writing practices for diverse populations including undergraduates, artists, activists, teachers, teenagers, trauma survivors, prisoners, physicians and friends.
Meadow currently serves on the Board of AWA and is the Chair of the Power of Story committee.