Writing the Heart: Virtual Workshops

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.

Register now for our first workshop on Feb. 11th. Use the form below.

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.

Each 90-minute virtual session is facilitated by Sharon Bray, author, educator and heart failure patient. Join to learn why and how writing can be healing, whether you write alone or with others.  You’ll have a chance to interact with Sharon and complete short sample writing exercises to start to your own expressive writing. Be sure to have pen and paper on hand!

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the workshop
  • What you need: Computer/phone/tablet, WiFi, and 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

Learning Objectives

Through these workshops, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits and potential role of journaling and expressive writing to self-care and self-management.
  • Discuss how to use expressive writing techniques to describe and understand feelings, thoughts, strategies or other personal goals.
  • Compose short personal writing pieces to express feelings, thoughts, strategies or other personal goals.
  • Develop relationships, sense of community and connectivity for mutual support.