The desire to tell our stories has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time, in all cultures around the world. Writing can offer us a vehicle to better understand ourselves and each other, can empower us to find our voice, and can provide a transformative and healing experience. It is also an art form, and another medium to express ourselves creatively. Everyone is inherently a writer, and everyone can use words to create art.
The writing activities in the workshop will follow the Amherst Writers and Artists method, based on the premise that everyone is a writer, and everyone deserves a safe environment in which to experiment and strengthen their writing voice. No previous creative writing experience is necessary.
“I had no idea what heavy feelings I was holding back. What an honest, raw experience – full of pure love, non-judgment, and acceptance. A truly inspiring course that I would recommend over and over and over again. I will be back!” -Aly
Anne Hofland is a regular member of our open studio sessions, and discovered expressive writing as a tool on her own healing journey. She integrates extensive personal experience with the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, her skills as an educator, and her training as a facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective to provide an opportunity for participants to embark on an inner journey of exploration through writing. Anne has published work in three anthologies, as well as the Existere Journal of Arts and Literature, Open Minds Quarterly, and TravelScoop magazine. She was a winner in the City of Toronto’s My City, My Six story competition, and earned honourable mention in the Ontario Poetry Society’s Pandemic Poetry competition. Anne has taught Expressive Writing in person at Expressive Arts Florida, and has adapted her program to an online format during this time of physical distancing.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Live Online Events and Workshops: Refunds must be requested in writing (email) no later than 5 days prior to the workshop date. If supplies were sent to you, you will be refunded the workshop cost minus the supply fee. After the 5 day deadline there will be no refunds unless your space is filled by another participant. There will be no refunds for “no shows”. In case of a family or medical emergency EAFI will do its best to either refund the workshop fee or credit it towards a later date. EAFI is not responsible for participant’s technology, internet, internet platform or computer issues. Participants are responsible for the necessary internet connections/platforms needed to participate in online workshops or events.