A different time zone and location, but my Zooming expectation has not changed. I will be logging on and spending my afternoon on a Zoom call that will wrap up a seven-week The Story You Need to Tell writing workshop, led by author, Sandra Marinella, and offered through the Mayo Clinic out of Phoenix, Arizona. I have been assisting Sandra since February 2020 with her writing classes, after meeting her in 2019 at a Phoenix literary fair, and then again as a workshop participant. There was an instant connection between the two us – two former high school English teachers who enjoy writing and motivating others who have chosen writing as part of their life and healing journey.
The Story You Need to Tell writing workshops are available through a variety of venues and are customized to fit individual participant needs. The workshop that will be wrapping up today is offered through Mayo’s Integrative Medicine and Health Unit, which also offers classes like acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation. The “integrative approaches are used to help people with medical conditions feel better by reducing fatigue, nausea, pain and anxiety” (Mayo). Writing through illness has shown (through collected writing workshop research) to be an effective and complementary coping strategy for those who are facing medical challenges. The healing benefits of writing probably come as no surprise to the writers reading this post. My own writing journey, that began in the late summer of 2019, has transformed me in ways I could not have imagined and it continues to do so.
Mixed feelings always accompany a final workshop day. A touch of sadness comes with ending our connecting and inspiring community experience, but the final day is my favorite day because it is the class where participants select and share a piece they have been working on. Occasionally those pieces show up as poem, but most often they are stories from the writer’s life that can be emotional and difficult to write and share, but tremendous healing comes with the process.
I first mentioned the return of the Mayo writing classes, following a long pause due to the pandemic, in my post, “a Writer’s reTreat.” We are delighted to be working with Mayo again and look forward to more classes in the near future. Thank you for visiting and reading. Best wishes to you on your own writing and healing journey. 💗 Michele
Media: my video of the Atlantic Ocean, captured 6/17 🌊 💖
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