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Baystate Franklin Medical Center Oncology department offers writing workshop for those touched by cancer

March 03, 2016

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department will offer a free writing workshop, Spirit of the Written Word, for Western Massachusetts residents touched by cancer. The 10-week workshop will take place on Thursdays, March 17 – May 26 (no class on April 21), from 6 – 8 pm, at Artspace, 15 Mill Street, Greenfield. Promote your own healing and experience the therapeutic benefits of group writing. No writing experience is required, and all sharing is voluntary and confidential. Refreshments will be provided.

Facilitating the workshop is Pam Roberts, writer, artist and certified yoga instructor who is a breast cancer survivor of over 20 years. An ordained graduate of the IM School of Healing Arts, New York, NY, she has been leading writing workshops for people affected by cancer and loss for over eleven years. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Roberts found writing to be an important part of her healing process. She believes deeply in the transformative and healing power of writing within a safe and supportive workshop environment.

One of the participants in a past workshop commented, “I love this writing class! It helps me process difficult emotions and thoughts. . . .” Another said, “It’s very therapeutic to write with others who understand my experiences/emotions around cancer.” And from a third participant, “[This group] is healing, loving and kind. It helps me to order myself and take heart in living.”

The workshop is being sponsored by BFMC Oncology and is grant funded by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Wheeling for Healing Bike/Walk/Run Event supporting cancer services at BFMC.

Spirit of the Written Word writing workshop is limited to 12 participants; registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact facilitator Pam Roberts at 413-625-2402 or pamro@aol.com . Information is also available in the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.