Project Description

Expressive Writing Workshop

Would you like to be able to tell your story?

Studies shows that the ability to manage your life through your story increases overall wellness. Our Veterans Writing Workshops offer a safe place for veterans, their family members, and caregivers to write about their experiences. These workshops provide participants the opportunity to create, share, and receive feedback on their writing. They are led by veterans who are professional writers. Adult military-affiliated family members, caregivers, veterans, and active service members are welcome. Previous writing experience is not necessary.

Expressive writing workshops can be a useful tool to help people recover from trauma and help manage stress. Dr. James Pennebaker’s Expressive Writing process is proven to be a powerful, free, and easily accessible remedy. Each participant’s work is completely private and need never be shared with others. Group support, creative writing, and pain management practices help writers process the past and envision a better future. These workshops include visualizing changes and mapping steps to realize them, as well as tracking the effectiveness of medical treatments and other interventions like rest, time in nature, meditation, exercise, or creativity.

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Sun 07

Veterans Writing

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun 14

Veterans Writing

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun 21

Veterans Writing

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Meet Expressive Writing Workshop Leader Cindy Skaggs

Cindy is a military veteran who holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA in Creative Writing from Regis University. She offered Veterans Writing Workshops in 2019-2020 for Colorado Humanities and Mt. Carmel Veteran Services Center in Colorado Springs and online. Her memoir in essays recently won Finalist in the 2020 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize by Bauhan Publishing. She is the author of seven novels of romantic suspense and many journal publications and an advocate for military and veteran issues. Also mom to two humans and a reluctant wrangler of too many critters, she is a native of Colorado where she teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing.

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Participants in Expressive Writing studies showed improved immune-system functioning (as evidenced by increased lymphocyte response) and faster wound healing.

Creative and Professional Writing Workshops

Creative writing workshops inspire writing that engages with the artistry of language.

Professional-level workshops help you prepare your work to share with family, friends, or the public. These workshops offer a safe place to receive feedback on your writing.

To create a veterans writing workshop in your community, contact Josephine Jones at jones@coloradohumanities.org

Special thanks to our sponsors

Upcoming Events

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Veterans Writing

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 21, 2021

Change in Rural Colorado

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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