Elsie Varn Harrell ¦ Author Long before I even thought about writing seriously, I wrote. As a teenager, if I had a fight with my boyfriend, I would write pages and pages about how I felt about things and him in particular. I guess it was my way of letting off steam. I know I … Continue reading WRITING IS GOOD THERAPY
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 … Continue reading These are not “bad” kids.
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 … Continue reading Footnotes on My Journey by Nichole Pace
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 … Continue reading We all have a story to tell. This is mine.
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 educational, spiritual and emotional journey for them. True to the series, … Continue reading Sneek Peek at our Spring 2019 Release
Join our online community! As an extension of our writing program, we've created Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Online. It's free and easy. Our online classes are powered by Storybird. Storybird allows us to create a safe, positive community for creativity while you access Writing for the Soul Workshop™ online to write your stories. You … Continue reading Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Online
“If you stay small enough long enough; God will make you big enough soon enough." -Corey Foreman In today's Donor Spotlight news, I am pleased to feature Corey Foreman. He's dedicated his whole life to serving youth, and he is my little brother. Recently, Corey made a contribution to help me give away books to teens … Continue reading Donor Spotlight: Meet Corey Foreman
“I hate you!” I yelled, angrily running to my room. I grabbed a scarf and sat on my bed with it around my neck. I began pulling on it as hard as I could until I heard, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” This was the start of long-term treatment for me. -Hanah The quote above is … Continue reading Pain is real. But so is hope.
You may know her by the pen name, Victoriana Lady Lisa and her book entitled 'International Steampunk Fashions'. Some of you may recognize her from her award winning show All Things Victorian. Students accessing our writing program know her as The Nutty Redhead after she donated a box of her praline gourmet nuts to our program. Lisa … Continue reading The Nutty Redhead is More Than Just REALLY Good Nuts
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 … Continue reading Writing for the Soul Workshop™ for Families