Writing for the Soul Workshop™

How Stand For The Silent is impacting the disabilities community in St. Louis, Missouri

As an advocate for the disabilities community in St. Louis, Christina Hune understands the devastating effects of bullying first hand, and how important it is to end this cycle of abuse. When Stand For The Silent partnered with us to collect memoirs, art and poetry for The Bully Diaries, Christina saw an opportunity to share her story. She now uses the book to raise awareness about the horrible impact of bullying. This summer, Christina invited both those who are disabled, and those who are not -together for The Bully Diaries in the Park Book Club event. After speaking, she asked some of them what they learned from the event as she autographed copies of the book for them. Here’s a snippet of some of the footage we captured:

Help Christina Give Copies of The Bully Diaries to Her Peers in St. Louis

Kirk, founder of Stand For The Silent (left), and his wife Laura have traveled around the world speaking to over a million students, many of whom have pledged to take a stand against bullying. Their message has reached the disabilities community in St. Louis, Missouri with tremendous impact as evidenced by Christina.

Chances are that you experienced bullying in your life. Whether your experience was as a victim, a bystander or the bully, if you search your memories, you will probably find instances when bullying was a part of your life. For many of us, these experiences have defined us and shaped us. Our experiences made us stronger, and helped us become who we are today.

When you are being bullied, it is hard to think about much more than getting through today. The Bully Diaries can help. Donate The Bully Diaries to Christina to help her efforts in St. Louis. Save when you purchase 5 or more copies. Ship to: Writing for the Soul Workshop™  ATTN: Christina Hune 204 East 4th Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.

Share your story.

Even as an adult, if you are being bullied -writing can be an effective part of your emotional armor. Every voice is important, so submit your story for publishing in The Bully Diaries Volume II. We will listen, and who knows? Getting what’s on the inside …out, just may set you free too! Sharing your story, art and poetry is easy. Simply use the Contact Form below, or email your submission to writingforthesoulworkshop@outlook.com.

Five Ways You Can Be A Part Of The Writing For The Soul Process

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a national mentoring program that invokes a passion for social emotional learning using writing, resources for healing, and skills for a lifetime while tackling the problems of mental, financial and educational inequality.

During the course of this program, participants experience a trauma informed approach using writing as therapy as we walk them through the steps of writing a rough draft- to actually earning money from soft cover and eBook sales!

Program Providers: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is delivered by certified non-profits, churches, schools and State Agencies offering programs to youth and adults.

Program Outcomes: Participants open up and begin to heal from trauma. They also begin to develop a love of writing and reading. Better readers do better in life. Our participants gain financial freedom when they promote their work. This boosts self-esteem tremendously.

Here are five ways YOU can be a part of the Writing For The Soul Process:

#1 Buy our books. Book sales are our key source of funding. These sales are how we are able to offer our program to students at no cost to them.

 

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#2 Invest in our Adopt-a-City Program. Youth violence and crime affect a community’s economic health, as well as individuals’ physical and mental health and well-being. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in our country. In 2011, more than 707,000 young people ages 10-24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from violence.

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 kids.  Unlike many other programs that are more focused on manual skills, like trash pickup 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.Learn More Button


#3 Mentor. 

“Every day, mentors in communities across our Nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child’s life.” –President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Mentoring Month.

Mentoring is, simply, the right thing to do. You do not need a particular religious orientation or specific motive to be a mentor in our program. If you are in a position to give of your time—and many of us are—that is all you must have to begin.Learn More Button


#4. Share on Social Media

Sharing on social media shows people what you care about. Our mission is to provide vibrant opportunities through mentors, community partners and the resources packed within our program to youth that will encourage them to abstain from chemical abuse, pursue secondary education and become more self-reliant financially.  We actively engage our mission each work day by:

  • assisting parents with meeting the needs/challenges of breaking habits that are leading their child/ren into trouble in school and in the streets.
  • offering writing as therapy.
  • creating better writers, which in turn creates better readers.
  • allowing our participants to “pay it forward” to other youth by submitting their stories for group publishing, and then giving them the training they need to earn money distributing their books, eBooks and audio books around the world.

Better writers develop into better readers. Better readers do better in life. Providing our participants with hope and real tools for real life is our mission. Click on the buttons below to like, follow and share our content with your network. You never know who will see it …and live. Yes, we have data to prove that our program literally saves lives.

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#5 Donate Make a one-time, or monthly tax-deductible donation to help ensure students in Arkansas and Texas can continue to access our programs at no cost to them.

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. Click to donate, or mail checks to: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ 204 East 4th Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114 Donate Today

 

The Bully Diaries Project

Through a unique and innovative community partnership with Stand for the Silent, we adapted our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program to give children and adults impacted by bullying a voice. The memoirs, art and poetry that we collected from around the world included the disabilities community, and was compiled in The Bully Diaries Volume I. This life-saving book is part of our Pieces of Me series.

Our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ philosophy is based on the fact that powerful emotions have a powerful voice; and that when we get what is on the inside out, we take control of those feelings. Self-confidence is one of the best defenses against bullying, and sharing those experiences not only showed survivors that they are not alone, but has literally saved lives. Here’s a testimonial from a mother in Australia:

” …What I did not realize was how unwell my beautiful daughter had become. How sad she was, and how much pain she carried inside her. It happened around the same time she’d gotten bullied very badly. She went through hell every day, and out of her concern for me -she did not want to worry me. So she hid it behind a fake smile and kept her battle and pain inside her. Her grief was and still is today very present. 

She went through so much agony inside her soul. So much pain that she felt there was no way out and she struggled to find peace. In September, she planned her very last day. She said goodbye to everyone. She was ready to return to heaven. But it was not meant to be.

Everyday I am so grateful that she did not succeed.

(These sentences took a lot of tears to write.)

I feel like I left her alone when she needed me most. I am so angry with myself for not being able to protect her from all this. Each time I see new cuts on her wrist, thighs, belly or chest …I’m lost. I feel like I failed because I was not able to protect her from her pain. Will I ever be able to forgive myself? Not sure, but I hope what’s more important is that she can forgive me.

I quit my job and focused on her, trying wherever I could to help her recovery. It is still present. It happens that one day at school, they watched the movie “Bully” and in this movie (she related very much to) she came across the organization ” Stand for the Silent “. She liked them on Facebook. They had a project running with Writing for the Soul Workshop to submit “their story” for publishing in The Bully Diaries, I did not know she submitted her story until I received an e-mail from the publisher saying that her story had been chosen to be published.

Wow! You cannot imagine how proud I was and still am. When I read her story my heart ripped apart. Never ever had I imagined the pain she carried inside.

As time goes by, she is slowly getting better every day. We hold on to every baby step forward. Her wounds in her soul are deep and the scars on her body will be left forever …but she has a story to tell. A story so deep and meaningful that it will help others to survive and find hope.

I witnessed one of the most horrible thing a parent can ever go through: the suicide attempt of my own child. It has changed a lot for me.

Every one deserves to be happy, to be recognized and to be someone. To be heard when spoken. The silence has been far too long. I’ve found strength and I want to break this silence. Through all my experiences with her, I saw how writing can heal. I decided in my heart to fight for the ones who are still invisible and to offer them a place to be seen, understood, heard and welcomed.

I want to raise awareness and to fight the astigmatism of mental health and suicide. I want to do everything possible in my life to help reduce children and teen suicide. No child or teen, nor anyone else deserves to carry so much pain in their soul. It’s time to be free.” -C. N.

The Bully Diaries Volume I

Student poses with her copy of The Bully Diaries

Boys & Girls Club member poses with her free copy of The Bully Diaries with Eric Jones, Creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™.

Chances are that you experienced bullying in your life.  Whether your experience was as a victim, a bystander, or the bully, if you search your memories, you will probably find instances when bullying was a part of your life.  For many of us, these experiences have defined us and shaped us.  Our experiences made us stronger, and helped us become who we are today.

When you are being bullied, it is hard to think about much more than getting through today. For others, there is no today.  Their experience being bullied was too overwhelming, and drove them to a devastating and permanent solution to the temporary pain. $3 from every soft cover and eBook we sell benefit the life-saving work of our community partner Stand For The Silent, and our writing program. Click here to purchase The Bully Diaries is available on Amazon.

What’s your story?

Will you contribute your story in the next release of The Bully Diaries? Who knows …perhaps YOUR story just may prevent a youth from being the next victim of bullycide. Use the form below to submit your story.

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. If you choose to submit by postal mail, those manuscripts will not be returned and will be deleted or destroyed if not accepted for publication. Please retain at least one copy of your manuscript when submitting a hard copy or electronic version for our consideration and review.  You may use the Contact Form below, or mail your submission to: Writing for the Soul Workshop™, 204 East 4th Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114. Click here to read and share our: News Release: Writing Program is Collecting Stories for The Bully Diaries Volume II .

Our Top Book Sellers for the month of November: Sykyla and Jakyia Williams

We have a tie for first place in book sales this month! Sykyla and Jakyia Williams are sisters, and they access our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in Moro, Arkansas at New Life Ministries. Sykyla’s story is featured in our book entitled ‘This Thing Called Life: Life Inside the Ring‘, and Jakyia’s story is featured in ‘The Bully Diaries‘.

Students around the world submit their stories in our writing program, a some go on to join our Affiliate’s Program. As an affiliate, students like Sykyla and Jakyia earn $3 from every book or eBook they sell direct. Our affiliates also earn when a customer enters their unique coupon code during checkout from our online store.

As our Top Book Sellers, Sykyla and Jakyia will earn a bonus on their payout on the 5th. We’re not only creating writers, we’re creating entrepreneurs. So proud of you ladies!

(From Left to Right) Cassidy, Sykyla, Ms. Williams and Jakyia pose for a picture during our first workshop at New Life Ministries in Moro, AR. The program is facilitated by Ms. Williams.

Affiliates Program

Our Affiliates Program is a great way for you to earn money by selling stories that you submit to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™. We provide you with five-star support to help you every step of the way. Ages 13 & up!

You are our future business leaders and innovators, so we know the importance of helping you to increase your Social Media and sales skills.  Our Affiliates program will help you learn important skills you will use for  a lifetime.

As an Affiliate, you have an opportunity to earn great commissions, while supporting Writing for the Soul Workshop™ and our programs, all at NO COST TO YOU!

Street Team Registration

During development, Writing for the Soul Workshop™ gave birth to some pretty amazing programs. As the program evolves, it continues to do so today. We are incredibly fortunate to be in a position to create a work force via our newest program. We call it our Street Team Program. Membership is free.

Testimonial from Students in Arkansas:

As a member of our Street Team, we’ll give you 20 copies of Life Inside The Ring: This Thing Called Life by Writing for the Soul Workshop™ for start-up at no charge. At $12.99 per copy to customers, that’s an earnings of over $250 for you!

After that, they you can purchase more books at cost, earning an average profit of $6.92 per unit. This program is designed to empower students like you financially, while stimulating the local economy when you purchase the things you need in life. We’ll even connect you with MENTOR.org where a mentor will help you learn how to increase sales, manage your earnings, create a business plan and so much more. In order to qualify for this program, you must be age 13 *18, and have parent/guardian permission. You must also meet at least one of these requirements:

  • Receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits
  • Receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Benefits
  • Receive National School Lunch Program (for free and reduced-price meals only) Benefits
  • Receive School Breakfast Program (for free and reduced-price meals only) Benefits
  • Receive Child and Adult Care Food Program (for free and reduced-price meals only) Benefits
  • Receive Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Benefits
  • Receive Section 8 Low-Income Housing Assistance
  • Receive Low-Rent Public Housing

If you are between the ages of 13-18, have your parents permission to register AND meet at least one of the requirements listed above, then congratulations! Use the Contact Form below to register today!

Timeless Memories: Forward by Pastor Keith Ross

First, I would like to thank my friend and brother Eric L. Jones, Sr. for giving me the opportunity to write this Forward. Our friendship has stood the test of time due to our developed love for one another growing up.

Being a minister of the gospel, I must start with this scripture which is, in my opinion, the gospel in a nutshell. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Love being the most powerful force in the world -I believe what the world needs more evidence of, is that love still permeates the world. I would like to attempt to break down the (4) Facets of Love. The first of these is the Greek word agape. This is the love of God and it is unconditional; we can do nothing to earn it or lose it. I believe all other Facets of Love stem from this love. Secondly, is the Greek word storge, this is family love. The love we have for our immediate family. God also puts family love high on his requirements of the faith. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.” We have a saying that when it comes to family, “We can talk about them, but non-family cannot.” This love supports family regardless of our differences on lifestyles and personal beliefs. Family will always be loved and supported as family. Thirdly, is the Greek word phileo, this is the brotherly love or love between close friends. Phileo is where we get our word Philadelphia which is the City of Brotherly Love. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Also in Proverbs 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Lastly, we have the Greek word eros. This is intimate love. We get our word erotic from the Greek word eros. This kind of love is the reason most of us are here today. I don’t believe I need to expound any further on eros love.

In my personal opinion, everyone is designed to seek love. We all want to be loved and have the desire to share that love with others. Even though that love is sometimes mistaken and misguided, it is still the compass for the life God has given to everyone. Jesus teaches us what the greatest level of a human is in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

When my sister passed away a few years ago, I discovered that love is greater than death. This is why we grieve for our loved ones, not just at the moment of death but for the rest of our natural lives. I still miss her dearly, and it’s because we loved one another.

As I forward this book on in love, I decree that above all else the readers will come to the realization that, in a world full of terror and evil that love is still very much alive and well in all of its facets.

Yours in Christ,

Keith Ross

Senior Pastor

Kingdom Connections Church

Marianna, Arkansas

http://www.kcchurchonline.org

Timeless Memories: The Legacy Project by Writing for the Soul Workshop™

For centuries, we have used story telling as a way to maintain our traditions, values, and history.  As we have transitioned to the 21st century, we use the internet and social media to share who we are -creating a gap in our story telling traditions for those that experienced some of the most prolific events of the last 100 years.  The Great Depression, two World Wars, miraculous medications and awesome inventions mark some of the incredible happenings witnessed first hand by today’s seniors, many of whom do not use email or the internet.  The stories of how we lived life before computers may be lost in the shuffle from paper and pen to bits and bytes.

Timeless Memories: Our Legacy for Your Generation is a compilation of stories, poems and reflections of the seniors participating in our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy Program.  This one of a kind program offers a platform for our writers to leave a footprint of their history to this generation and beyond.

A portion of all sales benefit St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Waco, Texas, provider of Writing for the Soul Workshop Legacy.

Buy The Book $12.99Download The eBook $9.99

 

Dreading School by Jakyia

By the end of my fifth grade year, I was really beginning to hate school because I was being bullied. I dealt with kids calling me names, and calling me out of my name. The thing is, I had not said or done anything to them for them to be saying the things they were saying about me. They talked about my hair, and they talked about my clothes. It got to the point that I didn’t even have the friends that I once had. Those friends started avoiding, ignoring and socially excluding me.

Oh, let me not leave out the physical aggression. I had a girl come up to me, and asked me for my homework. I told her, “No.” That’s when she got mad at me, and started slapping me across my face. It got to the point where I didn’t want to be alone at school, so I tried to be friends with some of the same girls that bullied me in hope that they would be nice to me. That didn’t work because I didn’t like the way they treated people. It just wasn’t me.

Summer came, and was coming to an end. I began to feel the pressure, anxiety, and fear of going back to school. It got so bad, that one day when my mom, my sister and I were riding and talking about school, I began to cry. I confided in them that I just wanted to die and that I hated school. They both begin to ask me “Why?” Remind you that I never told anyone what was going on. So, they were surprised to hear me say the things I was saying. They kept on asking me why I felt this way. I broke down and told them, and of course that made them furious. But the thing is, I felt like they were mad at me. In a way they were because I didn’t tell someone sooner.

When my sixth grade year began, my mom and sister came to school with me on my first day. As we sat and waited for my name to be called, I had a breakdown. They talked to me, and I felt a little better. I still had an overwhelming day because I was in class AGAIN with most of the girls who bullied me during my fifth-grade year. But by finally telling my mom what was going on with me, it began to make things better. I had gotten to the point, where I felt so worthless and unloved, that I began to bully myself mentally. I was always saying to myself that I wasn’t good enough and other negative thoughts.

My mom and grandma has stepped up as loving parents and got me help. So what I would like to tell anyone going through something (in my case bullying), is to speak up so someone can help. If no one knows, how can they help? Since I spoke up and started praying about my situation, doors have been opening for me to tell my story. I have had someone tell me that my story helped them! That makes me feel good. I have to say …things are getting better. I feel better day by day. What the devil meant for my harm, God is working out for my good.

Tell somebody, stand up for yourself, take action, just speak up! You, I and everyone deserves to feel safe at school, work or wherever. We deserve to be able to be ourselves and be respected. With scripture, prayer and support from my family, I am winning this battle and you can too.

About Jakyia

Jakyia was referred to Writing for the Soul Workshop™ by her Pastor at New Life Ministries in Moro, Arkansas when she shared with him how bullying had affected her. In our current school system, almost 50% of all children like Jakyia have experienced at least one ACE or Adverse Childhood Experience.  These traumas include things like bullying, so implementing a trauma-informed approach is imperative to change this cycle. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a national mentoring program that helps students like Jakyia recognize and address traumatic experiences using writing as a trauma informed approach.

During the workshop, students like Jakyia learn that they experience the same struggles as their peers participating in our program around the world. Like the lack of employment opportunities for instance. So when we told her that she could earn money promoting The Bully Diaries if she shared her story, Jakyia agreed.

When you purchase The Bully Diaries (includes Jakyia’s story) or The Bully Diaries Journal, Jakyia earns $3. This will help her with college while she shares her story in an effort to end bullying. During checkout, simply enter Coupon Code: supportjakyia to save $1 on your purchase. This code also allows us to track her sales so she gets paid.

The Bully Diaries by Writing for the Soul Workshop™

Chances are that you experienced bullying in your life. Whether your experience was as a victim, a bystander or the bully, if you search your memories, you will probably find instances when bullying was a part of your life. For many of us, these experiences have defined us and shaped us. Our experiences made us stronger, and helped us become who we are today.

When you are being bullied, it is hard to think about much more than getting through today. For others, there is no today. Their experience being bullied was too overwhelming, and drove them to a devastating and permanent solution to the temporary pain.

Through a community partnership with Stand for the Silent, Writing for the Soul Workshop collected stories, letters and poems from youth, teens and adults from around the world. These stories are pieces of lives impacted by bullying; written to show everyone affected by bullying that you are not alone, that you can survive the experience, that you are somebody. A portion of the proceeds from book sales goes to support Stand for the Silent.

Give a book. End bullying.

The Bully Diaries by Writing for the Soul Workshop™ retails in stores at $16.99, but you save when you partner with Jakyia to give this life-saving book away to students around the country beginning in her community.

We will add customized labels to the book cover in honor of you, your church, business or loved one if you like. Simply complete the Contact Form below to begin your order. We’ll give you a call to help you complete your contribution.

Hidden Shame by Lisa A. Griffiths

Nobody knows the mask that I wear,

It looks like confidence but smells like fear.

If I could seem perfect than no one would know,

What really happened all those nights long ago.

A little girl, her innocence forever betrayed,

With nowhere to go, she was silent and stayed.

In time the pain was too much to bear,

So, she cried out for help to the closest one there.

Her voice may well have been silent cries,

For this one meant to trust said, “They’re dreams, they’re lies!”

That was the day trust died inside, and up went the walls,

Forever to hide.

Shame was her shadow, it now clings to her skin,

A victim of another man’s sin.

Removing Chains of Child Abuse

Removing Chains of Abuse 96dpiThe short stories, art and poetry collected in Removing Chains Child of Abuse are from survivors of human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.

This project was made possible through our Community Partnership with Ark of Hope for Children. Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through various programs. This includes our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program.

These powerful stories allowed those who submitted them to experience writing and art as therapy. They give hope to the survivors reading them that they are not alone and they too can recover. This book is packed with resources  for those still suffering, as well as signs to look for if someone suspects that a child is being abused. Book includes a journal at the back. Proceeds from book sales benefit Ark of Hope for Children.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ uses writing as therapy to help those hurting, or who have been hurt -to get what’s on the inside …out. This process allows healing to begin. When we partner with great organizations like Ark of Hope for Children, the program then gives birth to books like Removing Chains of Child Abuse.

Together, we collected heart-rending stories, art and poetry from around the US and Europe that will encourage readers from all walks of life. Removing Chains of Child Abuse is the first book in the Restoring Hope series. The book is simply beautiful and each page is filled with hope, resilience and love for the reader. Just like Lisa’s poem that is featured in the book.

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