Writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence

A free writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence will be held Saturdays, Aug. 22 and 29, Sept. 5 and 12, at 9 a.m., at The Center, 733 Summer Street, Suite 503, Stamford.

Sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. To register, contact Rosie Enyart, The Center, [email protected], 203-487-0658.

The writing workshop series focuses on healing from trauma through self-expression. Dr. Marialena Medrano, a psychologist, poet and nationally certified poetry therapist, will lead survivors of sexual violence in four one-hour writing workshops on Saturday mornings in August.

In her private practice, Medrano has used creative writing as a means to help people reduce stress, cope with pain,and raise their level of emotional well-being. She hopes to help workshop participants confront their trauma and achieve self-understanding through writing. Dr. Medrano will use poetry and literature to assist them in finding ways to voice difficult-to-express emotions. At the end of the series, participants will be enriched by a selection of poems that will serve as a steady and indispensable resource in their journey through healing.

On a date yet to be determined, in the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Stamford, the participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to read their poems and writings.

Dr. Marialena Medrano is a psychologist, poet and nationally-certified poetry therapist. She offers workshops and readings in various venues in Connecticut and other parts of the country. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

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