Saturdays, Jul 15 - Aug 5
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Healing through Writing
Science corroborates that translating events into language can affect brain and immune functions by increasing germ-fighting lymphocytes and lowering stress levels. Writing has been shown to improve overall heart health, brain health and the actual healing of physical wounds. Expressive writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events and improves working memory. These improvements, researchers believe, may in turn free up our cognitive resources for other mental activities, including our ability to cope more effectively with stress. Writing has been found to reduce anxiety and depression, improve grades in college, aid people in a variety of things, from increasing the ability to forgive to finding a job.
In this 4-meeting session, we will introduce the science that proves writing can improve healing, through a series of exercises. “Homework” will encourage students’ continued practice. Each meeting with begin with a warm-up writing exercise and feedback on how their individual healing and writing process is going, then introduction of a new healing-through-writing tool.
Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.