Check out this gorgeous online anthology from the students at Alpha Home

 

In its second year of partnership, Gemini Ink’s Writers In Communities and Alpha Home produced, Reflections—an eleven-week workshop that utilized creative writing as a vehicle for documenting human experience and healing. From week to week students grew in their communication & writing skills, self-expression, and thinking outside the box. Posed with questions, given writing prompts, mentor text, music, open discussion and sharing personal experiences, students soon discovered and embraced their “writer identity.” This new collective deposition surpassed their previous labels of “addict”, “failure”, “bad parent or spouse” , “dirty” and “loser” and were quickly replaced with new titles like “survivor”, “transformation”, “creator”, “worthy”, “lovable”, “hopeful” and “beacon”. Gemini Ink’s Teaching Artists, Erica DeLaRosa and Clint Taylor were intentional with each class session, to assist participants in acknowledging, documenting and celebrating the humanity of each participant’s journey to full recovery. The formula is simple…creativity + personal stories & experiences = healing through the arts. See their work at https://spark.adobe.com/page/3Ykw3K9dLAf8X/

Click the image link to see the work from Alpha Home

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