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Thursday, March 10 2016

Writing Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer

Adapted from a Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) press release:

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department is once again offering a free writing workshop, Spirit of the Written Word, for Western Massachusetts residents touched by cancer.  This 10-week class will take place on Thursdays from March 17th through May 26th (no class April 21st), from 6PM to 8PM, at Artspace in Greenfield. Participants will have a chance to promote their own healing and experience the therapeutic benefits of group writing, however, no writing experience is required and all sharing is voluntary and confidential.   In addition, refreshments will be provided.

Facilitating the workshop will be Pam Roberts, writer, artist, and certified yoga instructor, who is a breast cancer survivor of over 20 years.  An ordained graduate of the IM School of Healing Arts in New York, NY, she has been leading writing workshops for people affected by cancer and loss for over 11 years.  When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Roberts found writing to be an important part of her healing process.  She believes deeply in the transformative and healing power of writing within a safe and supportive workshop environment.

A participant in a past workshop commented, “I love this writing class! It helps me process difficult emotions and thoughts. . . .”  Another said, “It’s very therapeutic to write with others who understand my experiences/emotions around cancer.”  And from another, “[This group] is healing, loving and kind. It helps me to order myself and take heart in living.”

This Spirit of the Written Word writing workshop is being limited to 12 participants and registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Pam Roberts at (413) 625-2402 or  Information is also available in the Oncology Department at BFMC.  The workshop is being sponsored by BFMC Oncology and is grant funded by BFMC’s Wheeling for Healing Bike/Walk/Run event supporting cancer services at BFMC.  Artspace is located at 15 Mill Street.