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Can writing really cure what ails you?

Write to Heal aims to help faculty, staff, patients, families and caregivers cope through the holistic practice of guided reading and writing.

For years, leading psychologists have stressed the positive effects of writing on emotional well-being. Writing down and sharing troubling or difficult thoughts and feelings has been shown to not only improve mental health, but also to shorten patient recovery time following psychological trauma.

Simply put, writing is healing.

Established in 2013, Write to Heal is Augusta University’s premiere expressive writing program. The program, which meets every Tuesday from Oct. 17 until Nov. 14, aims to help faculty, staff, patients, families and caregivers cope through the holistic practice of guided reading and writing. Over the course of an hour (noon – 1 p.m.), participants are encouraged (but not required) to share their experience and their writing in an honest, respectful environment.

A list of meeting dates and locations can be found below:

  • Oct. 17, 31st and Nov. 17: Magnolia Room, Terrace Dining CafĂ©
  • Oct. 24 and Nov. 14: Skinner Room, Jaguar Student Activities Center

For more information, contact Naomi Williams or Anna Harris-Parker.

About the author

Nick Garrett

Nick Garrett is a communications coordinator in the Division of Communications & Marketing at Augusta University. Contact him at 706-446-4802 or ngarret1@augusta.edu.