Writing for the Soul Workshop™

These are not “bad” kids.

Imagine what it is like to be just 14, but have suffered abuse at home, being told that you are not wanted, or realizing that the streets would be safer than sure injury from someone in your family.  Imagine being too young to get a job or a place to live, but having to live on your own.  For a shocking number of kids in America, this is reality.  In fact, there are approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the US and an estimated 39% of the homeless population is young people under 18.

These are not “bad” kids.  A US Department of Health and Human Services study found that 46% of homeless youth left their home because of physical abuse. 17% left because of sexual abuse. These are kids that felt that they had no option, and no other way to stay safe than to leave home.  More than 50% of homeless teens reported that their parents were aware they were leaving, or asked them to leave.  Even more unfortunately, this daunting problem is getting worse.

The National Runaway Safeline, (NRS), a nonprofit communication system for runaway and homeless youth, says that since 2009 they have seen a 25 percent increase in crisis contacts from homeless youth. According to Keven Ryan, president of Covenant House,  the largest privately funded charity in the country providing  services to homeless youth, all 16 Covenant House shelters across the country are seeing more youth seeking shelter and a bed.  ”We are rolling out cots to accommodate kids,” he says. “Kids are competing with each other for bed space.”

And although the news will tell you that the economic crisis is at an end, many of these problems grew because of economic trouble. Barbara, Duffield, Policy Director of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth says, “the recession isn’t over for America’s poorest families.” Family economic stress can lead to strain between youth and parents and act to “push” youth out of the home.

All of these issues come at a huge cost for the youth in our society –costs that impact all of us. States spend approximately $5.7 billion each year to incarcerate youth for a non-violent offense such as homelessness.  Further, the problems  and barriers these youth face, clearly hinder their ability to become contributing, successful  members of their families and society.  If we  don’t  help them while they are young, they may well become  tomorrow’s chronically homeless adults.

Deep down, do you like helping people? Me too.

Our writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing as a way to help them cope with all of their experiences in a healthy way. Even the experience of being homeless.

Your donation allows us to offer our writing program at no cost and to give our life changing books to students and families around the US. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide. Click here to make a secure online tax-deductable donation.

Pencils and Pages From Stop Six #26

Growing Up In Stop Six

My name is Christopher, and I’m a student at Jacquet Middle School. Growing up in Stop Six is like having heaven and hell coming together as one. There is good and bad in this community. Nothing is perfect. I moved from one side of Ramey to the other, and to me they both are the same. So I didn’t understand why people say Stop Six is a bad place when it’s not. We some times have community cook outs and car shows. Even though at some of our community events people don’t know how to get a long, Stop Six is home to me. Some people don’t like this neighborhood. But some of us do. [END]

More than just Social Emotional Learning.

Using writing as a Social Emotional Learning tool, our program helps youth and young adults to manage the impact of emotions on their relationships with others. Our focus is Emotional Intelligence. Not academic excellence. The thing is: our children need them BOTH to thrive in the 21st Century Workplace.

As a matter of fact, for most of these students, writing and sharing their stories was more than just an SEL experience. It’s also an opportunity to earn money promoting their stories as part of our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Affiliates and Intern Programs.

Students attending Jacquet Middle School had an opportunity to submit their stories to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program for publishing in Walk A Mile In My Shoes.

Deep down, do you like helping people? Me too.

The writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing to help them process all of their experiences in a healthy way.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide.

 

Love Bizzell is making an impact!

My name is Love, and I’m a student at Jacquet Middle School. When I joined Writing for the Soul Workshop™, I simply wanted to learn how to make money promoting my story. But when I was offered an Internship, I realized that I could do so much more to help kids like me that have experienced hurt and pain in their life.

I was born with Gastroschisis, which made it pretty hard growing up. Everyone made fun of me because I don’t have a belly button. It was also really hard growing up with asthma. I couldn’t do everything that the other kids did.

I was in the hospital almost every year. I hated being in the hospital, but I loved their food. My parents split up when I was in elementary school. My dad and I used to be close, but now all he does is smoke and get drunk all the time. As of today, we don’t have a real relationship with each other.

See, we all go through a lot in life. Sharing our stories connects us with people like us. This writing program has shown me that I am not alone. Neither are you. 

My Impact To Help End Bullying

the-bully-diaries-cover-300dpiWould it surprise you to know that those who witness bullying may be more impacted than those who are victims or those who bully? According to the American Psychological Association, “Students who witnessed acts of bullying were more likely to report greater psychological distress than those students who were bullies or victims, according to the results. This was the case even for students who had not been victims themselves, although being both a witness and a victim did also significantly predict mental health problems.”

As an intern here at Writing for the Soul Workshop™, I’m learning skills in sales that will give me an edge in the career that I choose later in life. But the best part of my job is giving away copies of The Bully Diaries. Every sale I make means that one of my peers will get this life-saving book for free.

If you would like to donate one or more copies of The Bully Diaries to students in an effort to help me end bullying, use the Contact Form below to connect with me. Together, we just might save a life. The Bully Diaries is also available at Amazon.

Pencils and Pages From West Central Sports Complex

Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up with the constant threat of death in your neighborhood, or the stress of being surrounded by violence and loss?

What if I told you that almost one in four children in the United States today are in home situations just that stressful? That almost 50% of our children will experience at least one adverse childhood experience that impacts their ability to learn?  Children that have these experiences have higher risks of long-term diseases, such as diabetes, depression, asthma and high blood pressure due to the impacts of stress hormones on developing bodies.

Larry Gilmore, Director at West Central Sports Complex understands that a Trauma Informed Approach is imperative; this is why he’s added our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program as an option for students during Spring Break. Adding our program as a viable option to what WCSC already has in place, ensures a unique support approach to help students learn social emotional techniques that can help them thrive -no matter their situation in life.

West Central Sports Complex Spring Break 2019

Students at West Central Sports Complex accessed our program during Spring Break. Chels (Pictured Left) helped out as a mentor and did an amazing job! Oprah Winfrey said that a mentor is someone who allows YOU to see the hope inside yourself. Mentors like Chels, gives local area youth in her community hope. Sometimes …that’s enough.

My Thoughts by Chels

As a mentor for writing for the soul workshop, I’ve had a good time. I got paid on time and heard great stories. Some touched my heart. One girl who I go to school with said she was experiencing bullying. That made me feel bad because I didn’t know that was happening and I didn’t do anything about it. To help her feel better, I gave her my number.

Lately when I’ve been seeing her, she looks very happy. I think she just needed friends to help her know that she isn’t ugly, and is worth way more than she thinks. Working with this program has been amazing and worth the time. I loved it.

Social Emotional Learning

Using writing as a Social Emotional Learning tool, our program helps youth and young adults to manage the impact of emotions on their relationships with others. Our focus is Emotional Intelligence. Not academic excellence. The thing is: our children need them BOTH to thrive.

The writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing to help them process all of their experiences in a healthy way.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide.

Pencils and Pages From Stop Six

Never Give Up

This night changed my life. I remember it like yesterday. It was a Saturday night around 12 pm when my mom comes home and she’s really drunk. She goes into my sister’s room and then started fighting and screaming. They started hitting each other. Me, I was in my room praying to God that nothing bad happens. When they stopped fighting , my sister comes into my room and she starts crying so I started crying too. She dials 911. I was telling her not to do it, but she didn’t think about the things that could happen.

One hour later, police officers knock on the front door. When my sister opens the door, they came in and arrested my mom. I still remember her tears. I hug her, crying as they take her to the car. I told her that everything is going to be alright. They took her to jail. I couldn’t seep all night -crying because I felt so broken. The next day, we tried to find out which jail she was in, but we couldn’t find which one. We were so worried that we didn’t know what to do.

Three days later, we tried to contact people to help us find a lawyer. We called my mom’s friend, and she was able to help us find one. We had to pay $2,000 for the lawyer, but we didn’t have money. We were broke. I went to my room and cried all day. On Sunday, I went to church and I told the people who came to pick me up what happened. They all prayed with me. That helped me out a lot.

One month later, I was told that my mom was able to get out if only we paid $5,000 that we didn’t have.  The people we thought would help us didn’t help us. They just left us behind. We worked everyday to get $5,000. Two months later we finally got the money. Those long three months without my mom were the worst ever. I was really depressed and people made fun of me. My mom got out of jail. That helped me to be stronger. I grew up without my dad and I never once gave up. [END]

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Footnotes on My Journey by Nichole Pace

Man, I LOVED being outside. What my elders used to say, “Out there in those streets where you ain got no bitness bein.” From nine years old, the earliest recollection I have of my childhood, you couldn’t tell me NOTHIN. Hell yeah, I loved being in the streets where I was jumped at least once a week by the neighborhood boys, mad because I would refuse to have sex with them. Hell yeah I loved the streets, where old men who KNEW I was underaged, offered to take me home. Yeah man, I chose the streets; where I was raped both statutory and violently. Gimme the streets where I drank, smoked, and did alllll types of things I had no business doing at my age.

Why? Because it was better than “home.” “Home” where the pedophile was. “Home” where we never had a phone, food, or even water, electricity, or heat sometimes. “Home” where there was no mother 80% of the time. “Home” where I, the oldest, was the only one to make sure my siblings and I were relatively clean, fed, and “safe.” Where I had no sense of security, forced to hide from the landlord who demand rent. Hearing the pedophile beat on my mother when she was there and scared to DEATH of what would happen next to any one of us.

Live for What

I was 12 when I “tried” to kill myself. Came home from school, probably devastated because kids made fun of my skips that holes in them or that I smelled like dirty clothes. Most likely. Whatever the reason, I had enough. I had a pink bean bag and I stuffed my face in it to suffocate myself. But dammit, I couldn’t even kill myself right. Too damn scared to cut or hang myself and mad because my lungs forced me to take in air.

One of the only things I remember my mother ever doing for me, was giving me a CD that day. She came in the room, said, “I got you that girl you always listening to.” When she tossed it to me, I just remember staring at the cover. Straight staring at it in disbelief. With her eyes barely visible from the cover of her hat, big hoop earrings and red lipstick. What?! Mary J. Blige?!?! My Life??!?!!! Man listen. I played that CD until it skipped too much to be played anymore. I FINALLY had somebody that spoke to my soul. When I listened to that album, she was telling me I wasn’t ugly like I heard ALL the time. She told me I’m more than a sex toy. She told me there IS a higher power and that I am highly favored. That album told me I had a purpose and a reason to be here. It saved every cell in my body. Mary J. Blige did.

Lost and Found

It would have been nice if this was the part where things began to look up. I mean, I guess it did. I wound up moving when I was 13 and had a boyfriend that was my escape and one of my best friends til this day. I faded into the background at my new school and was left alone. But I was already scarred. NO self-esteem or self-confidence. Always a completely hopeless feeling when I thought about my future. We were homeless; living with my grandmother, my mother’s friends, her boyfriend’s family, where ever. Had my first miscarriage when I was 17. Stayed out all the time, doing whatever the hell I wanted to do.

As soon as I graduated High School I was OUT. Edison Job Corps here I come. I went JUST for a place for me to go so I wasn’t sleeping on the damn floor anymore. I was so desperate to go, I remember forging a court signature because I was afraid an open traffic ticket would stop me from going. I stayed until I got a job, about six months after I got there. I didn’t speak to not one person in my family for almost two years. It was only then did I have space and freedom to discover who I truly was. Sure. I still messed up. Quit jobs, bounced around trying to find my way. That path became clear with the birth of my first daughter.

Rayne Rahsyah and Roséyah

One thing I was always sure of. I AM a mother. When I had my first daughter her father bounced on me, I was BACK at my grandmother’s house, and STILL broken from things I never healed from. But when she was born, just like with my siblings growing up, I made it my mission to take care of her the best I could. I worked, got my Bachelor’s, and made sure she always had her own. Of course, I made mistakes, but even now, my vow is that I will continue to grow into a better mother and she and her siblings will always get the best I can give.

So that means right now, I’m getting my master’s degree in clinical counseling. That means I teach my children all that I know and show them the love I never got. That means I’ll be mom and dad. That means I cherish every smile, hug, cry, and milestone they have. That means I will liberate them from this system of oppression and teach them who they really are. It means that I will help create a better place for them by sharing my story and helping others to share and heal from theirs too.

When YOU read my story, if it resonates with you, what I hope it means for you is that you feel empowered enough; strong enough to start the healing process. I hope that by understanding how I learned to love myself unconditionally, you will love yourself unconditionally too. Somebody gets you. I am you, you are me, and we all are one.

Deep down, do you like helping people? Me too.

The writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing to help them process all of their experiences in a healthy way.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide. Click here to make a secure online donation.

We all have a story to tell. This is mine. 

Product of my Environment

Truth be told, I don’t want to say that I’m just like you because we’re all different and unique in our own way. Honestly, some have said that I’m worse than most.  They’ve said things like, “Jerel, you’re possessed by demon.” or things like “Death is following you.” In my youth I fused with these destructive thoughts in my mind. I believed that this is what my life was supposed to be like. I have a few memories of a time when I was like you. But that was before the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, drug and sexual abuse. That was before the scenes of homicides, drug-dealing, robberies that engulfed my community, spilled over into my life. I had no guidance.

School? Please! Who needs school when you’re tossing and turning at night because your stomach hurts from hunger? As a young teen, I had to make a choice. One that would alter the course of my destiny. A choice that would help my brothers and my mother. I chose a life of crime. College and the hopes of playing ball was just too long to wait. You know how this story goes.

DOC

At the age of 17, I ended up catching my first felony. I was sentenced to prison for five years. If you have ever been sentenced to the Department of Corrections then you can understand what that must have been like for me. All of the unwanted thoughts and feeling you experience. If you haven’t, then I pray earnestly and I will try earnestly to make sure as many of you living in my community never have to experience that.

When I was released from prison, it was the start of a new chapter in my life. I was a lost and self-destructive young man going in but coming out, alI l had was a vision of the man I truly wanted to be. This wasn’t enough. I was still lost but no longer self-destructive. Even though I was ready for change, I didn’t know how. This put me at risk of self-destructing again. Out on probation, I struggled to find my way back into society. What I found was myself drinking and using drugs again. I had the most precious woman, and I lost her because of the abuse and drugs. I ended up violating my probation and found myself incarcerated again. The judge wanted to send me back to prison, but I was able to get another chance. A chance to figure out my life and that’s what I’m doing just like you are.

Another Chance In Life

Honestly, I’ve had many chances in life. This time I won’t blow it. I have a mentor in my life now, who’s helping me. I have real guidance now. Last week, I completed the Writing for the Soul Workshop mentor training required to mentor at-risk and troubled teens here in my community. I can’t help but wonder how my life would have turned out if only I’d had a mentor at your age. My story has some unhappy chapters, but it isn’t the end. In fact, my story has no ending at all. Because I’m still writing it. We all have a story to tell. This is mine.

Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Program

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ offers communities an amazing resource for Justice Reinvestment, with a strong focus on changing behavior and empowering our at risk youth and young adults. Unlike many other programs that are more focused on manual skills, like trash pick up or graffiti removal, our program offers a way for at risk youth to improve their writing, become published authors, plus having the ability to immediately earn income to help with their fines and restitution. Our program offers immediate results that lead to life long behavior change, and new skills to break the cycle of poverty and entanglement with the justice system.

How You Can Help

The writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing to help them process all of their experiences in a healthy way.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide. Click here to make a secure online donation.

I’m a survivor, and here’s my story.

No Child is Born Bad

I was born into a single mother family, just me and my mom. I was always alone. Alone to deal with my traumas by myself with no guidance. Life put me through the ringer very early in life. At the tender age of just four-years-old, I was two feet tall. My feet were 6 inches in full length, my hair short and very blonde. I never grew out of my big brown eyes. I still had a mouth full of baby teeth -chompers that couldn’t cut through steak. I was the kind of child that loved going to parks, and I loved feeding the ducks. Every time mom and I went to stores that sold high heals, I would try them on so I could be tall like mom.

Trauma as a Child

The fuzzy haired old man Frank that molested me six days a week for two years, had two wives who helped him run a sex traffic business. They ran it through a babysitting company. At six, my mom and I moved very far away from Frank, this made me happy. At this time, my hair was much longer, and still very blonde. I always wore overalls and a cute shirt with my light up shoes. My mom liked to put my hair in pigtails and put little bows in my hair.

When I turned ten-years-old, I only wore dresses. I would wear all kinds of pretty dresses, with all kinds of beautiful fabric. I grew up very girly, fully bracing my feminine side. I thought I safe now. So getting raped at the age of 13 changed me. Having someone rip something so precious to me, absolutely broke my soul. It broke me from inside …out. I had just committed to a life of purity, not long before I got raped. The rose petals of purity all got ripped off of the vine for me. Stolen like candy from a baby.

Writing as Healing

I really love writing, it has been my passion since I was young. Throughout the years, I’ve countinued in my passion as I’ve had my grandmother to look up to. She has been writing since I was 8 or so, from what I can remember. She was telling me about a book she wanted to write and she let me help her. I helped with little concepts like hair color, eye color, skin, height and weight. And I helped her with various details throughout the process. My grandmother’s book was published and has gone on to be part of a best-selling series.

I’ve had her to look up to, and she’s truly inspired me to push forward in my writing. She would challenge me to little tests, such as describing something vividly or writing a paragraph about the ocean. Simple yet complex challenges, which helped both of us discover many literary techniques. I love her to death, she’s always been my best friend. She’s actually the one who told me about this website. She told me how it can help me get out things that I don’t feel like talking about, but need to be released from. I’ve been using this website ever since. I love writing and now I use it as a mental health tool to help with my past traumas. The creator of this website is my grandmothers publisher…he is a great man who has created a wonderful place for people to come and get out their inner demons …in a beautiful literary way. I absolutely would recommend this site, 100%. And it’s super easy to use. Olivia, 17

Removing Chains of Child Abuse

The short stories, art and poetry collected in Removing Chains Child of Abuse are from survivors of human trafficking, child abuse and bullying from around the world.

“The collective voices of this anthology rise up as a rightful specter over the insidious realities of child abuse in all its forms. Thank you to its authors for finding the courage to speak to child abuse’s immediate and long-lasting effects. Whether you are a similar victim – or not – the take-away from this worthy effort is one of great emotion and necessary education. Only through the later, can we cause change. A must read…” –Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Deep down, do you like helping people? Me too.

The writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing to help them process all of their experiences in a healthy way.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide. Click here to make a secure online donation.

 

The “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” Project

“I am dedicated to enlightening adolescents and youth about the consequences that mischief can cause at an early age, and everyday I work hard to deter juveniles from facing the same pitfalls that I experienced as a youth.” -Eric Jones, TGIM CEO and Creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™

There is no easy solution to the social problems faced by our communities today, especially problems that lay deeply rooted in ignorance and systemic injustice.  These problems cannot be addressed without understanding the different human experiences our current system has spawned; an understanding that cannot be achieved without sharing our personal experiences with the legal institutions, policies and people who make up the criminal justice system today.

In order to bring this understanding alive, we’re collecting short stories, poems, art, music and essays from students attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™ and law enforcement officers to publish in Stories of Hope: Walk a Mile in My Shoes. The book will showcase these different voices in order to provide a better understanding of the core emotions and issues that will need to be addressed to ensure lasting success in community policing efforts.

What’s your story?

We all have a story to tell. Let us help you tell yours. All ages are welcome to participate. Who knows …your story just may impact someone else’s life. Submit your short story, poem, music, and art for inclusion in the release of our next title in the Stories of Hope Series entitled, ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’.

Please do not submit manuscripts that contain any of the following: obscene or explicit material, unnecessary profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate or graphic love scenes. Any material considered for publication that is found to be graphic  will require a mandatory edit of the material and may result in a rejection of the material.

Please note that we do not publish graphic material. Therefore, you may be asked to remove graphic material or language.

Submitting your story is easy! Simply use the Contact Form below, or send your story to our publisher via email at: submissions@tgimonline.us.  Everyone who submits their story will receive a complimentary Stories of Hope eBook for participating.

Our hope, is that through this dialogue we will find a better way to secure the safety of ALL individuals in our community, regardless of color or class. Please join us in this important conversation by sharing your story. Once your story is included in Stories of Hope: Walk a Mile in My Shoes, $1 from every book sold will benefit the Fallen Officers Fund.

Sneek Peek at our Spring 2019 Release

Stories of Hope: Life in the Delta by Writing for the Soul Workshop™ 

Life in the Delta is the third release in our Stories of Hope series. For those who submitted their stories while accessing our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program throughout the Delta, this was an educationalspiritual and emotional journey for them.  True to the series, this is a compilation of heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by students in Arkansas.

After seven years of piloting and testing Writing for the Soul Workshop™, Eric took the program home to the Arkansas Delta where he was born and raised. The region runs along the Mississippi River from Eudora north to Blytheville and as far west as Little Rock.

Through his efforts, students living in the Arkansas Delta were able to access our unique writing program. The stories collected in this book is what happens when we bring Emotional Intelligence and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. Many of those who shared their stories developed a love of writing as a result. Available Spring 2019.


“To move forward, you have to give back.” -Oprah Winfrey

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National problems require national solutions, and we believe that we’ve developed a powerful solution to the response of the crime and poverty rate here in the US. We call it: Writing for the Soul Workshop™.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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Are you looking for a way to impact a life? Become a Mentor today. As a strategy for helping young people succeed in school, work and life, mentoring works. It helps give our participants the confidence, resources and support they need to achieve their potential. Even if you have never volunteered before, Writing for the Soul Workshop™ offers certification for our mentors to ensure success. Use your certification to mentor at any Writing for the Soul Workshop™ around the world. Click on the picture  below if you’d like to donate your time as a Mentor.

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