Documentary by James Cremin

My documentary about the writing class at the City of Hope in Duarte, California based off Julie Davey’s book Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing.
When it Works,  Just Go With The Flow
[26 Mar 2015 | No Comments | 58 views]

Did you ever use a prompt that elicited a powerful response from each and every participant? Did you ever spend the entire meeting reading and discussing the written responses to just one prompt, the homework assignment? I did, this week, leaving no time for any in-class writing exercises, usually one or two prompts.
It was a very simple request- write about your regrets.
Wow! The twelve participants used over ninety minutes for everyone to read to the group, then get feedback-words of [ … ]

Class Reports

Recap of a Writing for Wellness meeting, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 3-9-15
[15 Mar 2015 | No Comments | 74 views]

Home Prompt for 3-9-15. Has a book ever changed your life?
Responses included:
–  “Fire in the Soul”, tenets of all religions are the same…
– “The White Heron”, short story of the soul versus desires…
– “Terminal Man”, read Bible cover to cover…
– “The Mature Mind”, a religious conversion, but in reverse…
– “House of Seven Gables” and Zane Grey westerns were responsible for two member’s lifelong love of reading…
Prompt 1. Look at this statue by Edgar Degas (1834-1917), “The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. Her [ … ]

Class in Session, Class Reports

The Pain of Adoption
[4 Jan 2015 | No Comments | 194 views]

There are so many sources of pain, so many reasons that justify the need for our Writing for Wellness program. Here’s Dana’s story:
I was adopted at five days old. When I was three, my mother read me a book that told me I was special. Being adopted meant that I was chosen, and this was better. I would walk around telling everyone I was adopted because I believed it was this wonderful thing.
When I turned twelve, I realized that being [ … ]

Family Matters, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience, Private Anguish, Your Story/Your Legacy

Generational Gap? Not Here!
[28 Nov 2014 | No Comments | 291 views]

“Adorable bambino, cuddling divinely, ever filling Gigi’s heart in joy.  Kassidy love, my nectar, outing passion quite rapturous.  Sunny toddler, unabashedly vivacious, wholly xanthochroid*, yattering zephyr.”

The above response, “Musings on my great granddaughter”, written by our Gigi, perfectly fits our latest home prompt- write a 26 word passage using successive starting  letters in the alphabet, A to Z. But, it doesn’t just do that! It also points out yet another change in our membership. Not only have we integrated horizontally, expanding [ … ]

Class Reports, Lessons Learned, Most Inspirational

Recap of a Writing for Wellness meeting, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 11-10-14
[13 Nov 2014 | No Comments | 1,117 views]

Home Prompt for 11-10-14. Describe a time when you felt powerful.
Responses included:
– I was asked to speak up on behalf of school parents, and I did it!…
– Just learning to shoot a gun gave me confidence in defending myself against abuse…
– Driving alone to Baltimore, and making it, was transformational…
– He left, but now, finally, I’m in control…
– Finally, women at work could wear pants…
Prompt 1. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. How [ … ]

Class Reports