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BFMC Offers Writing Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s (BFMC) Oncology Department will offer a free writing workshop, Spirit of the Written Word, for Western Mass. residents touched by cancer. The 10-week workshop will take place on Thursdays, Oct. 1 to Dec. 10 (no class on Thanksgiving), from 6 to 8 p.m., at Artspace, 15 Mill St., Greenfield.

Facilitating the workshop is Pam Roberts, a writer, artist and certified yoga instructor who is a breast-cancer survivor of more than 20 years. An ordained graduate of the IM School of Healing Arts in New York City, she has been leading writing workshops for people affected by cancer and loss for more than 11 years. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Roberts found writing to be an important part of her healing process. She believes deeply in the transformative and healing power of writing within a safe and supportive workshop environment.

One of the participants in a past workshop noted, “Writing with others living with cancer strengthened my voice and gave me a safe place and time to listen closely and to express it.” Another said, “The creative aspect of writing was valuable. The camaraderie was also very special. Pam has a gentleness and genuine caring that makes writing easy.” And a third participant explained, “it just feels good to know that you are not alone and that others know how you feel.”

No writing experience is required, and all sharing is voluntary and confidential. Refreshments will be provided. The workshop is sponsored by BFMC Oncology and is grant-funded by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Wheeling for Healing Bike/Walk/Run event supporting cancer services at BFMC.

The Spirit of the Written Word writing workshop is limited to 12 participants, and registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Roberts at (413) 625-2402 or pamro@aol.com. Information is also available in the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

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