I really enjoy working with senior citizens. One of the things they always say to me is that they “love these workshops” they tell me, “we feel heard.” They have also shared how they appreciate “going down memory lane.” This is a community of writers who need programming like this. I believe that writing and creativity helps to keep us active and open. Writing is a way of communicating the things we have a hard time expressing and I love facilitating in spaces like these. It truly has been an honor for me.
The writing workshops I facilitate help do away with assumptions about what our elders can and cannot do! My seniors get to tell their stories their way. Some of the writing at times was triggering yet at the end of our session my seniors were grateful to have explored things they thought they had forgotten about or maybe never considered writing about. My seniors shared with me how much fun our activities were and how they felt free.
I will end by sharing that the seniors each expressed how my workshops filled them with purpose and pride. The writers felt valued and left knowing that their stories matter!
This year was my second year as a recipient and Artist in Residency for SUCASA. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to facilitate writing workshops for senior citizens.
It is my honor and privilege to share the work of this year’s Story for the Ages graduating class.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STORY FOR THE AGES CLASS OF 2018
To read some of the writers work click PDF link below.
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