Stories Of Care
A free writing workshop for family caregivers of people with dementia, co-presented with Baycrest Hospital
Caregiving for loved ones — especially those with dementia — takes time and energy, and doesn’t usually leave a lot of room for the creative process. Yet, caregivers are full of stories; stories of love, loss, enormous joy, unforeseeable strain, and everything in between. This creative writing workshop will bring a small group of caregivers together to write and share personal stories of their caregiving journeys, and their lives outside of those journeys.
Designed for people who don’t consider themselves writers (at least not yet!) this will be a highly accessible workshop, with lots of fun and laughter along the way. Participants will be guided in easy writing activities to help them discover their own voices and share their stories in a positive, nurturing environment.
The goal of the workshop is to help caregivers step out of their roles, connect to others, tell their stories, learn about the craft of writing and experience the healing power of the written word.
Here’s how it works:
We’ll meet in person at Baycrest once a week for six weeks with our notebooks open and our pens in hand. Together we’ll work through loads of short, fun writing exercises to open up our creative channel and produce lots of new material. We’ll share work as we create it, learning as we go about how to provide supportive and nurturing feedback.
There will be a focus for some of the class on the caregiving journey, but lots of space to explore other material too.
This workshop is ideal for people who:
~ Spend a large amount of time caring for loved ones with dementia.
~ Love the idea of a weekly creative date with a small group of others.
~ Feel ready (though maybe a little scared) to share their writing.
~ Are interested in exploring their own lives as writing material and sharing some of what comes up. (We tend to get a little personal.)
You can expect to leave the workshop with:
~ Lots of stories down on the page.
~ A sense of your writing voice and your unique gifts as a writer.
~ New friends who are on the same path.
~ A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.
~ Creative courage.
This workshop won’t give you:
~ Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.
~ Strict rules on “how to write”. We’ll work on developing your writing skills but we don’t subscribe to the idea that there’s one way to create powerful work.
~ Pressure to write things you don’t want to write. We go where the joy is.
6 Tuesday afternoons, 1-3pm
October 3 – November 7, 2017
At Baycrest (3560 Bathurst Street) with the wonderful Britt
This workshop is sponsored by Baycrest Hospital. There is no fee for participation.
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If you have a question about the content, format or flow of the class, drop us a line here at Firefly. If you have a question about the location, timing, or other technical details, contact Melissa Tafler, Arts and Health Coordinator, 416 785-2500 x 2578
What people are saying:
Saroo did an incredible job of helping me uncover my strengths and voice as a writer, in addition to holding loving space to share about my caregiving journey. The Stories of Care class was very therapeutic for me. A safe space to just be in the midst of my caregiving journey, receive love and witnessing and come back home to myself. It was healing to write about where I was at with caregiving and be able to finally articulate all the thoughts and experiences that were swirling around in my heart and mind. I looked forward to each class as an opportunity to breathe, reflect, be held and deepen into my creativity. I loved how our facilitator held space and helped me uncover my strengths and voice as a writer.
Abundance Catalyst for Spiritual Creatives
Thank you for this opportunity. The very positive environment unleashed stories I didn’t know I wanted to tell.
Economic Development Officer, City of Toronto