Write for Your Life Workshops

Write To Heal: A FREE writing workshop based on (but not limited by) the life-changing diagnosis of cancer

This workshop is sponsored by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, and will meet at the Foundation’s office:
3005 S. St. Francis Dr., Suite 3-B, Santa Fe.

Seven Tuesdays: July 23 through September 3.  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The intent of this group for cancer patients and survivors is to experience “Expressive Writing” as a way of healing. While writing may not cure, it can heal, according to scientific studies. Writing with others on parallel paths will be our avenue to reclaim our voices, and reconnect with our lives. Everyone is welcome: if you have never written, or if you have always written.

Joanne Fay Brown, MSW, has led Amherst Writers & Artists workshops in Berkeley, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Santa Fe. She is a cancer survivor and a Master in Social Work.

Registration is required and space is limited.

If you have not worked with me before, please send me a few lines about yourself.

Saturday Writers’ Sanctuary:

Jumpstart your Writing, Juice up your Creativity in this day-long Saturday Sanctuary workshop.
The Saturday Sanctuary begins at 10:00 a.m., with timed writing exercises. Our work is based on the internationally acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists method, which enables the artist in you to become freer and more able to write. After lunch you’ll spend the afternoon in silent communion with other writers, working on whatever project is preoccupying you as a writer these days. I’ll have prompts ready if you feel stuck. You are also welcome to walk in the peaceful arroyo just behind my house. Writing ends at 3:30 p.m. but you can linger a while, share some of what you’ve been working on, discuss issues of craft, etc. The day is completed by 4:30. p.m. Everyone is welcome! Space is limited so please reserve yours!
COST: $99 per Sanctuary, with a $25 nonrefundable deposit. Lunch is included!

August 3, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

One more Saturday Writers’ Sanctuaries this Summer! Saturday, August 24

If you have not worked with me before, please send me a few lines about yourself.

Join me and other writerly companions in one of my workshops:

6-week-long workshops for anyone who wishes to write
Saturday day-longs for anyone who wishes to write
Workshops for cancer survivors, specifically using writing as a way of healing

In all workshops, we write with others in a small group. Together we foster a safe and supportive community enabling participants to write freely and go deep: writing in response to suggested prompts, building trust among the group and in our unique voices, receiving feedback on what’s strong in our first-draft writing. If requested, we also make time for manuscript review with balanced feedback. 

I use the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method in all workshops. AWA is a network of affiliates who are leading writing workshops throughout the United States and in nine countries worldwide. Writers who have used the AWA method have published major works and won top awards in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. 

All are welcome in my workshops: beginning writers, those beginning again, and experienced writers will generate new material here. Workshops meet in my comfortable home less than a mile from the Santa Fe Plaza. Healthy snacks are always provided.

Writer's workshop

Upcoming Write for your Life Workshops

Saturday Writers’ Day-long Sanctuaries:
August 3 and August 24
Write To Heal workshop for Cancer Survivors
July 23 through September 3
Fall Workshop for Everyone
Watch for exact date.

“Joanne’s workshop was just what I needed to begin chronicling my story. She is wonderfully supportive and affirming, and her writing prompts helped get me past my fear and reluctance. I wasn’t sure what writing with others would be like — I loved it, loved hearing others’ work, and so appreciated the positive feedback.”

D. B.

Santa Fe

“I came to understand the power of writing in community for the first time. Write for your Life is an apt title for the workshop: I think all of us felt the pull to write for our lives, and the workshop gave us a safe, caring place to do just that.”