Healing Through Words, LLC
Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, LLC © 2015
Coursework and Assignments
Each session begins with a check-in to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to speak. The check-in may be in the form of a sentence stem or an opportunity for participants to share writings from the previous week. The check-in is followed by a reading or writing prompt. Writings can be in the form of a poem, story, journal, letter, essay, memoir, argument, dramatic monologue, rap, etc. Each individual in the group will be given an opportunity to share their writing aloud and receive feedback from other participants. After participants share their writing the group reflects on what was said and offer feedback. Participants are given homework to complete after each session. During the final session participants are required to submit a writing portfolio that includes polished versions of the works generated from the writing prompts. Community members are welcomed to (but not required to) improve their writing at this point by consulting the handout on rhetorical tropes and schemes.
Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words (CMHTW) is a therapeutic writing program developed by Ronnie Sidney II and Cleveland Winfield III. Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words uses expressive writing, bibliotherapy, positive psychology, dialogue and self-reflection to help participants enhance functioning. Evidence demonstrates that expressive writing interventions can decrease depression and anxiety, improve overall cognitive functioning, alleviate anger, reduce stress and improve biological health in a variety of populations. The program’s vision is to create an experience that is both transformative and redemptive for participants. It is not a traditional writers’ workshop; writers are challenged to think critically, push past complacency and make positive changes in their lives.
Expressive Writing Benefits
Research studies indicate that expressive writing includes many emotional, social, psychological and health benefits. Here are a few:
Completion of Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words will help you: