WELCOME to One Year of Writing and Healing, a site designed to explore connections between writing and healing--and to facilitate your own exploration.
Here, you'll find writing ideas, recommended books, and food for thought, all grounded in a growing body of research on expressive writing and health, and also grounded in my own work--as a writer, a teacher of writing, and as a physician.
As of August 28, 2011 I've also opened a NEW site, Writing and Healing, where I’m doing some new things that I’m excited about. It can be thought of as an extension to this site—another room in the café. I'd love to have you visit.
For a long time now, I've had the notion that it would be kind of wonderful to open a bakery, or a cafe, or maybe a whole house, where a person could come, have a blueberry muffin, a mug of coffee or tea, and then sit at a table and write. There'd be a well-appointed library lined with books. Comfortable rooms for reading and conversation. A room with a long table for writing workshops. There'd be a large porch. Perhaps a courtyard. A garden. A fountain in the garden.
And all of this contributing to a kind of clean well-lighted place that would foster writing. A place where persons could come and be nourished for writing. And perhaps in turn be nourished by writing. I haven't managed to open the cafe yet, but I do have these websites. And you can, if you like, think of them when you visit as rooms in a small, virtual and clean well-lighted place.