Trauma tears apart. It damages people, relationships, and societies. It changes the lives of those affected, fundamentally. Afterwards, life must be rebuilt; the self recreated.
Through writing this re-creation process can begin.
Trauma will silence us, if we let it. It will shroud our stories and experiences in shame and fear and leave us feeling powerless.
But we are not powerless. With the right guidance, we can use writing to take our power back. We can reclaim our voices and start telling our stories in a way that empowers not only us, but others as well.
Our stories matter. When we own our stories, we are free to write our own endings.
We address you who work with people who have experienced trauma.
The Write Your Self method was first developed to help women, girls and non-binary people who have suffered violence. This group remains at the heart of our work and vision, but the Write Your Self method can also be used to adress the needs of other groups who have suffered trauma due to for instance war, bullying, serious illness, grief and loss.
Write Your Self is an online-based company and our education program have a global reach. Our team is based in Sweden.
Write Your Self is run by Åsa Boström, Anna Lovind, Åsa-Saga Hammarstedt and Anna Sundström Lindmark.
We are teachers, writers, communication experts, linguists, editors and speakers – with both professional and personal experience of healing trauma – who have now joined forces to be able to help more people.
Write Your Self started as a writing program for women, girls and transgender people who had suffered violence. Between 2013-2015, Åsa offered the program in cooperation with Swedish women shelters, a project financed by Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society. In 2016, the current team got together and started the work of digitalising and globalising the program.
We will continue to develop Write Your Self in close dialogue with our program participants and professionals who work with traumatised people.
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