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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

Click the image link to see the work from Alpha Home

Sign up for the next Voices of Recovery Workshop by emailing Florinda Flores-Brown at

We are so grateful to have collaborated with our friends at Curtain Up Cancer Foundation who partnered with us this month for Voices of Recovery—a two-day class on storytelling. WIC writers Todd Wright and Marisela Barrera led this writing workshop for cancer survivors in which the participants crafted 3-5 minute stories about their cancer experience.

Last Friday, the Public Theater hosted the celebratory reading (thank you!) to a great turnout of family and friends, and an evening of beautiful, amazing stories. Thank you to our partners & teachers, and to Bennack-Polan Foundation who funded this amazing workshop—and most of all to our participants who are finding healing through words.

Keep an eye out for the Voices of Recovery October workshop that takes place Sat–Sun, October 6 & 7, at Gemini Ink. More info coming soon—follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.


Writers Carol Gonzales and Pam Duesing led this 9-week poetry workshop, which was funded by the King William Association and Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA).

So proud of our Hatchett Elementary students who read from their DIY Zine last week! Special thanks to Marisela Barrera, writer-in-residence on this wonderful project Check out their book ❣  #diy #publishing #youthvoice




Follow this link to listen to poems produced in a Writers in Communities workshop at Alpha Home, a Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center in San Antonio for mothers and women in recovery.

Thank you to Alpha Home for this collaboration—and to Erica De La Rosa, and Clint Taylor—our Writers in Residence on this project.

Learn more about Alpha Home at

Gracias to all Writers in Communities faculty who took part in our annual WIC training last Saturday. Thanks for all your support and all the work that you do!