Flourish Women’s Life Writing Workshops

Flourish is a project of workshops for women who have survived domestic violence, learning life-writing skills to communicate their survival story in a way that empowers them and other women with shared experiences. Flourish aims to break down the overwhelming feelings of isolation for women who have experienced D&FV in 2 ways: by connecting participants with each other and by sharing their journey of survival with the community. The project will provide seven 3-hour workshops that will teach participants life-writing skills and provide guidance and support to write their story of surviving domestic & family violence. A writer who is a young woman with a disability will facilitate the workshops. She has firsthand experience having survived family violence. The facilitator has designed the workshop specifically for women who have experienced D&FV, with an understanding of the impacts of trauma. The workshops will be co-facilitated by a published author who can teach participants the skills of connecting with an audience. The workshops will be held at PWHC with child minding available onsite and caseworkers for additional support. Workshop structure (see additional attached information); Workshop 1 – Building Rapport and the power of Conveying a Story Workshop 2 – Determining the Epicentre of the Client’s Story Workshop 3 – Exploring Structure, Person and Narrative Arc in Building A Story Workshop 4 – Making the Personal in to the Universal Workshop 5 – The Value of Life Writing Stories Workshop 6 – Sharing their Written Experience Workshop 7 – The Making of a Novel