Central Coast author Renee Simpson believes in the power of writing to heal and will lead a workshop on January 22 to help others open up to the experience.
“I started doubting my ability to have a baby after having two miscarriages,” Simpson said.
“I felt like something was holding me back but I wasn’t sure what it was until I started writing my story and all of a sudden it all started to go wrong. make sense.
“I found meaning, purpose and conclusion through the writing process.
“Something started to change and my daughter Sofia came into our lives soon after.
“I sincerely believe that writing healed something.
“I started researching the science behind writing to heal and there are many studies that prove its healing abilities.
“I created the Write To Heal workshop to help others find their voice, rewrite their story and recreate themselves.
“It is my passion to help others move forward with more meaning, purpose and peace after experiencing a challenge in life.
“Some examples of life challenges could be physical or mental illness, injury, abusive relationship, miscarriage, traumatic birth, addiction, death of a loved one, divorce or separation, trauma child and sexual assault.”
With a background in counseling and youth development, facilitating support groups and resilience programs for women and youth for the past 10 years, Simpson released her memoir I Want To Go Home – Reclaiming Power After Sexual Assault earlier this year.
It is now available at all major online bookstores and at Bookface, Erina.
“I believe everyone has a story that needs to be shared,” she said.
“For our own healing and that of others; our stories can inspire resilience in the people we love and change the world around us.
“Our history matters; our story deserves to be heard and can make a difference.
“But it takes time to accept, silence to reflect and courage to tell our stories.”
The workshop will take place at the Bamboo Buddha, Holgate, on January 22 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
It will include: an opening circle ceremony; setting intentions; anchor the meditation in a safe place; discover the history of storytelling, the research behind writing for healing, and the five stages of writing for healing; and six writing prompts to start rewriting your story.
The workshop is $99 but Dine & Discover vouchers can be used for the price.
Reservations available on: https://events.humanitix.com/write-to-heal-workshop.
Press release, December 4