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.
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.