transform your writing. transform yourself.

Pens scribbling fast at Writing the FloodAt Writing Ourselves Whole, we believe in the power of transformative writing practice in community to restory individual trauma experience and reconnect those parts of ourselves we are trained to hide. Through writing together and offering one another deep generosity and kind witness, we find language for what was never meant to be spoken, and create beauty from the “unspeakable” stuff of our lives.

We believe in the power of story, the joy of writing, and the depth of human creative resilience. We believe in the power of community to hold, witness and celebrate the stories that we have been told are unspeakable. And we believe– particularly for survivors of trauma– in the liberatory uses of writing our desire. Find out more about our writing group philosophy and what you can expect from participating in a Writing Ourselves Whole group.

“I love the voices of every writer. Truly, I have been deeply fed by drinking in what others write. (I have thoroughly enjoyed writing too.) I love this format and the safety created by your presence, heart, group structure, and everyone participating.”
– A Write Whole participant

Image of JenAll writing groups are facilitated by Jen Cross, MA-TLA. Based in Oakland, CA, I have worked with trauma survivors for more than fifteen years, and, as a trauma survivor myself, have used writing practice (both alone and in community) to transform and heal many aspects of my life. I write to release, transform, and create space for as much un-articulated experience as possible, and have come to believe strongly in the potential of written and shared story to heal us, individually and collectively.

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