Writers for Recovery offers free writing workshop

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Writers for Recovery, a Vermont organization offering writing workshops for people recovering from or impacted by addiction, is bringing a 10-week writing workshop to the Turning Point Recovery Center in Springfield, Vt. The workshop will be held Thursdays at 1 p.m. starting April 12.

Led by fiction writers Gary Lee Miller and Felicity Haselton, the workshop is open to anyone interested in using writing to explore recovery. Writing sessions are short, and are suitable for writers at all levels, including beginners.

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Writers for Recovery will be leading a 10-week workshop at the Turning Point Recovery Center. Stock photo.

Writers for Recovery emphasizes on building community around writing and giving and receiving positive feedback. If they wish, participants can have their work published on the Writers for Recovery website and in “One Imagined Word at a Time,” our annual anthology.

Writers for Recovery was founded in 2013 by filmmaker Bess O’Brien, whose award-winning film “The Hungry Heart” tells the story of prescription opiate addiction in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and by Gary Lee Miller.

Hundreds of Vermonters have taken part in the workshops, and their work is featured in Volumes 1 and 2 of “One Imagined Word at a Time.” Work by participants can also be seen at www.writersforrecovery.org.

Visiting writers at our workshops have included Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea; Ellen Lesser, fiction writer and current director of the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. in Writing program; Angela Palm, author of the memoir “Riverine;” Dan Bolles, music editor at Seven Days; and Jack Maroney and Jim DiReda, co-authors of the memoir “The East Side of Addiction.” Jessica Hendry Nelson, author of the memoir “If Only You People Could Follow Directions” is also a Writers for Recovery workshop leader.

“Telling stories is such a therapeutic experience and we have so much to learn from others when we listen,” says Bess O’Brien. “We’re so pleased to be offering this workshop with the folks at the Turning Point. I encourage not only people in recovery to attend, but family members who have or are struggling with children, spouses, relatives, and friends around this difficult disease.”

To schedule your workshop spot, please contact Gary Lee Miller at writersforrecovery@icloud.com.

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