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Creative writing workshops for adult cancer patients and  survivors will be offered at the Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute during a six-session evening series beginning Wednesday, May 13 and ending Wednesday, July 22.

The free workshops will be held in the Cancer Institute’s Seraph Conference Room, adjacent to the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Pre-registration is required by calling (717) 544-4636.

Participants can register one time to attend all six sessions to be held Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on May, 13, May 20, June 3, June 10, July 1 and July 22.
 
Facilitated by published fiction writer, poet and professional writing mentor, Melissa Greene of Lancaster, the workshops are held in an atmosphere of warmth, whimsy, compassion and trust. Greene, founder of “Write From The Heart Creative Writing Workshops” for adults, children and teens, says it is a safe haven for experienced writers and first-time writers alike, especially those who have always longed to write, but thought they couldn’t.  
 
“Writing from the heart isn’t about grammar, spelling, or punctuation,” says Greene. “There are no grades, tests, or red pen marks to create stress. And sharing is optional!  Together, we’ll explore how playfulness trumps fear, opening the door to the courage, passion, and confidence to create.”

Peter Jupin, Chaplain for the LG Health Cancer Institute, says creative writing can be a very powerful way for cancer patients to explore both the joys and sorrows, the blessings and the hardships of the cancer experience and ultimately to discover how this creative outlet can lead to personal transformation and healing.


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