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“Taming Traumatic Memories,” a Writing Workshop with Nan Phifer

Posted on May 29, 2017 | in Events, Member News | by

“Taming Traumatic Memories,” a writing workshop series for veterans, will be launched on June 6, at Naropa University in Boulder. Nan Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, had been asked by veterans to create a writing-to-heal series for them. She responded, “I know how to evoke deep writing, but I don’t know anything about PTSD. I’ll have to research it.” Phifer now has written a guide for veterans. Participants will re-view disturbing experiences from the point of view of a sympathetic, understanding, outside observer. An experienced writing workshop leader, she’ll enable both beginning and experienced writers to ease into spontaneous writing, and veterans who would like to share their stories may do so in small groups. The only requirement is that listeners must remain nonjudgmental and empathetic. Phifer will be supported by Naropa Community Counseling Center therapists.

As the veterans become comfortable with the writing process, they may gain further control of traumatic memories by fictionalizing them.  “Writing is a tool that is both powerful and gentle as a way of transforming painful memories to sustaining ones. Any and all memories and veterans are welcomed to this group,” says Phifer.

To learn more, call Naropa’s Community Counseling Center at 303-546-3570. Phifer’s website is: www.memoirworkshops.com.

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