Writing Group

Welcome to the Unspoken Ink: A Young Adult Cancer Writing Group! Jen and Mallory are so excited that you are considering joining us!

This group is designed to take you on a journey through your cancer diagnosis and into your survivorship with a small group of your young adult cancer survivor peers. Each 8-week program consists of a weekly writing session attended via google video hangout. We will get to know one another in an intimate, 12-15 person setting and address issues that transport us from initial diagnosis into the new normal and survivorship.

We’re hosting one-night versions of our Creative Writing Group this summer!  Sign up below (if you haven’t already!) to be notified when the Open Write Nights are scheduled!  Each evening will have a ‘drop in’ policy so we hope you can join!

June Open Write Night: Wednesday, June 28th @ 5 – 7 pm PT / 7 – 9 pm CT / 8 – 10 pm ET

If you are interested in the next session please fill out the interest form below!

The Unspoken Ink writing group uses a creative writing method (Amherst Writing and Artists (AWA) Method) wherein the facilitator provides a writing prompt and you can use that prompt in any way you’d like to create a story over a set amount of time. Once we’ve finished our writing (yes, the facilitator writes too!), everyone is given the opportunity to read their writing out loud. Hearing your own story and hearing someone else’s teaches us all so much about our experiences and our stories. Once the piece is read, we reflect on the writing – what did we like, what stood out, what do we remember. Everything is considered fiction so we do not respond to the writer as a support group may, but keep the focus on the writing.

Sometimes the prompts are about cancer, sometimes indirectly related to cancer, and sometimes not about cancer at all. Above all, the writing program emphasizes that we are more than a diagnosis.

Some logistics:
– The writing group meets for 2 hours each week, for a period of 8 weeks. A commitment to attend each week is important to group continuity and in creating a safe space. Please be on time 🙂  The Winter/Spring session group is forming now and will meet on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm PT / 8-10 pm ET.
– Each participant will attend the weekly writing group via video chat.  Please have a microphone headset and a webcam.
– Following each weekly session, you may decide to submit your writing to Mallory (mallory@lacunaloft.org) for publication on LacunaLoft.org in their Young Adult Voices program section. This is not mandatory!