Writing the Heart: Virtual Workshop Series

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research invites any Canadian living with heart failure or heart disease, as well as heart transplant recipients, to join our virtual expressive writing workshops in 2021.

Being diagnosed with heart failure or disease can make you feel as if your world has turned upside down. Powerful emotions come with the diagnosis:  fear, anger, sadness, loss—often difficult to express. Expressive writing has been shown to have emotional and physiological benefits to those dealing with life-threatening or chronic conditions, hardship or trauma. It can, quite simply, help you feel better.

Our upcoming six-part virtual Expressive Writing series is facilitated by Sharon Bray, author, educator and heart failure patient. Each 90-minute session will be conducted in an atmosphere of safety and support with the same participants each week. Throughout the six sessions, Sharon will guide the group with specific writing prompts, with time allocated for writing and reflection, as well as sharing of your writing.

Group participants will be encouraged to practice deep active listening and offer supportive feedback on the writing shared. This Expressive Writing series is led by an experienced facilitator and allows participants to write in a supportive environment of a community of people with lived experience of heart disease.

Participants will be invited to share their writing in a virtual book to be published on our patient education website (with their consent).

  • Dates: April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 2021
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST
  • Where: Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the workshop
  • What you need: Internet, Zoom capability, pen & paper, a quiet space
  • Register: Please use the fields below to pre-register
  • Host: Sharon Bray – learn more about expressive writing and Sharon in this story
  • Resources: Download this helpful document

Note: workshop series is now full

Note: This series was limited to 15 participants in order for our facilitator to give personalized support to each person. To be added to the waiting list please email communications@trchr.ca.