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.
How’s Your Aging Going?
[9 Jun 2015 | No Comments | 105 views]

That was the Home Prompt at our last meeting. Most of the responses were what you’d expect- a serious reflection on dealing with physical and emotional problems. Successes and failures, happy and sad, from abuse to cancer, from grief to acceptance of “what is”, the stories just poured out.
And then came Kathie’s poem. I wish you could have heard the laughing, laughing that increased with each succeeding stanza. Crying and laughing, sorrow and joy, a wondrous mix that helps our [ … ]

Class Reports

Looking for  Prompts?
[10 May 2015 | No Comments | 133 views]

If your Writing for Wellness group is an ongoing one (ours is about five years old) coming up with fresh prompts can pose a problem. Newer members wouldn’t notice if some prompts are repeated, but I like to keep them shiny and new for those original members still with us.
One option is to draw from real life situations, either from the daily newspapers or from our members’ own lives (always with their permission). Seldom are these personal stories, when used [ … ]

Class Reports

When it Works,  Just Go With The Flow
[26 Mar 2015 | No Comments | 173 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 | 216 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 | 325 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