Vietnam veteran John Mulligan was a homeless “shopping cart soldier” in San Francisco’s North Beach, a man wracked with flashbacks and numbed by post-traumatic stress disorder. But his life took a turn during a veteran’s writing workshop conducted by noted author Maxine Hong Kingston.
Mulligan, now a 53-year-old novelist, left the workshop so elated he was “whistling and skipping.” In the following years, he repeatedly discovered that putting past horrors into words helped clear his mind and lift his spirits. “I had to face my demons,” he says. “I was an empty shell walking around the street, and writing made me feel like I had a soul.”
Dozens of studies have found that most people, from grade-schoolers to nursing-home residents, med students to prisoners, feel happier and healthier after writing about deeply traumatic memories, says James Pennebaker, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Texas and leader or co-leader of many of the studies.
Ms. Latasha Williams, TGIM VP of Program Operations has been asked by parents on several occasions, “Do you all offer the writing program for adults too?” This drove her to work with Eric Jones, creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ to adapt the program to include adults with emphasis on parents and guardians.
We are pleased to announce that the entire family can now access our program. Our core program philosophy is based on the fact that powerful emotions have a powerful voice; and that when we get what’s on the inside out, we take control of those feelings, and make smarter behavior choices as a result.
We discovered that when families communicate with each other using writing, children are more honest with parents about what their feeling inside. One parent had no clue that her daughter was thinking of committing suicide because of being bullied at school until she read her daughter’s story that she submitted to our program. Writing is an intimate form of communication that makes talking to parents so much easier and vice-versa.
Our writing program is a powerful tool for the family packed with all of the WOW Factors contained in our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program. It’s free to join. Simply use the Contact Form below to register today.