Applications are now closed and today we will contact those of you who have been granted the scholarships of 2016. Altogether we’ve received 297 applications from 15 countries – Syria, South Africa, Russia, Algeria, Venezuela, Brasil, Croatia, Germany, Norway, the UK, the US, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Australia and Sweden.
Many of you know intuitively or by experience that writing can be helpful and empowering, but are unsure how to approach it. You want to write, but don’t know where to begin. You want to give writing to others, but don’t know how to.
This is why we’re creating our writing program and our license program. To provide tools, support and community for this work – a framework resting on evidence-based work and research, as well as our own experiences from teaching and from healing.
Our team have been out there. We’ve bled, stumbled and strived out on the battlefield, alongside others. Others just like us. Fighting for a life post-trauma. For not having to feel so alone dealing with its consequences.
Write Your Self offers a powerful complement to available support. Our programs are not substitutes for medical treatment and therapy. We are not clinicians – we are professionals working within the fields of language, writing and creativity.
And language is needed for healing. Storytelling is needed for healing. Space to organise and put one’s experiences into words, as well as being witnessed in this process, is needed for healing.
When we’ve been through trauma we often lack words for it – the overwhelming experience of it. Still we grasp for words. And we might find it unbearable, the thought of telling someone else how we really feel. Still we need to get the story out of our system. We need to put it together, to make some sort of sense out of it.
Writing can offer space to gently and in one’s own pace try to find the right words. Try to form the words into story. And perhaps eventually share the story with someone who can mirror it.
Write Your Self focuses on writing after trauma as well as writing about trauma. Trauma impact us on all levels. If trauma has become part of our reality, it affects our creativity. It affects our sense of self. How we relate to ourselves and to the world.
We support self-expression through writing, regardless what subject matter you want to explore – your own stories, stories of fiction or the spectrum in between. When we write we always use ourselves, our experiences and feelings, as foundation.
Reclaiming self through voice and story. This is the movement we want want to build with you.
Åsa is a writer, coordinator and conceptual designer at Write Your Self, and also the founder and owner. She believes in the power of healing, change and of creating new paths onward.
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