Regardless of your starting point, whether you have written before or not, whether you know what you want to write about or not – this program is for you. It’s our invitation to you, to use your voice the way you want and need to. Regardless of what you have been through, you have the right to define yourself, your history and your life.
You have the right to write yourself.
Reclaim Your Voice will give you the help you need to begin writing, as well as to create a foundation for your continued writing.
You will learn about writing as a craft and writing as a process. The process is particularly emphasised. Not performance and results – but rather how it feels to write and what you need to be able to write. This is crucial so that the writing can be both healing and sustainable.
You always choose your own writing topics.
Reclaim Your Voice is based on our method for writing after trauma. This method was developed with consideration for the fact that we need different things after having experienced difficulties in life. Reclaim Your Voice is for those of you who want to explore your voice and how you can use it to impact your life, no matter if you’ve been through trauma.
Our team has professional as well as personal experience with using writing as a tool for healing. We have lived through our own traumas and healing processes, and we have worked with many who have made the same journey. This experience and knowledge has been collected and infused into our free resource Reclaim Your Voice, along with our training for professionals – The License Program.
Through Reclaim Your Voice you receive help to begin writing and create a sustainable foundation for your continued writing.
You get to explore the writing topics that call to you and how you can approach them. In addition, you can explore your writing process and what you might need to make your writing sustainable over the long term. No previous writing or story telling experience is required to participate.
This writing resource consists of digital text material. You familiarise yourself with the material at your own pace for as long as you need, and you get access to both our online resource platform and downloadable material.
You receive access to the material in both Swedish and English.
When you join Reclaim Your Voice, you will also receive access to an online discussion forum, where you can meet other writers who are also in this process.
The writing resource is divided into eight parts, based on the eight-step writing process we’ve developed for writing after trauma.
1. A Room of One’s Own
Creating space for writing in your life – on both the inside and outside.
2. Begin Writing
Listening to your stories rather than making them up, and techniques for doing this.
Taking care of yourself while you are writing, and why it is essential to do so.
4. The Writing Body
About the body as a keeper of stories, and methods to begin listening to and writing down these stories.
Three different writing formats, and choosing which one to use for the stories you want to write.
Your writing topics, and how you can explore them at your own pace.
7. Creating Wholeness
About healing writing, and tools for piecing together and working with your stories.
8. Expressing the Wordless
Finding words for that which can feel indescribable in a story.
In the library to Reclaim Your Voice, you’ll find material complementing the writing resource, for example:
Inviting a Witness
Guidelines and suggestions for how you can invite a witness – a reader who can support you in your writing process – into your writing, if you so choose.
Our methodology rests on three pillars:
Writing after trauma
Writing after trauma can be writing about trauma – about your own experiences of trauma. And it can also be about writing after experiences of trauma – writing the consequences of trauma and the way your life is afterwards. It is always you, the writer, who chooses what topic you want to write about. There is no requirement to write about trauma, and our process will guide you regardless of which topics you choose.
The writing process
The eight step writing process we have developed consists of writing exercises customised for those who have experienced trauma or difficulties, as well as guidelines for teaching a group, writing in a group, dialogue and text response. Our writing process also contains material for helping you as a writer to explore what you need to be able to create a sustainable kind of writing.
The writer’s choice and empowerment
The ultimate purpose of our methodology is to bring choice and empowerment back to you as a writer. Trauma often causes a feeling of powerlessness and lack of agency. Both Reclaim Your Voice and the License Program are developed to help you reclaim your choice and power through writing.
Our vision is that it should be self-evident that when we come across difficulties in life, we should receive help to write if we wish and need to. Through Reclaim Your Voice, we want to spread this help to everyone who needs it, regardless of financial circumstances.
This is why we are giving you Reclaim Your Voice entirely free of cost.
All you need to do to begin your own writing journey and get access to the Reclaim Your Voice material is to leave your email address below. Shortly after that, you will receive an email from us with your log-in information and instructions to access the program.