WHY WRITE?: To be human is to know not only great love, but great suffering as well. But we humans are talented in finding ways to redeem ourselves, with the path of writing an especially powerful tool for healing. Research shows that people who write about trauma in its aftermath find themselves needing no additional medical treatment. Other studies offer evidence that writing and keeping a journal alleviates trauma’s effects, helping restore cognitive functions otherwise compromised by extreme psychological stress. The process often leads to the development of what scientists call a “healing narrative.”
HOW TO WRITE HERE: Please use our Workbook below as a way to document your loss and your path forward. There is an inspirational video and essay on the power of writing by award-winning novelist Edie Meidav, as well as her series of writing prompts to help you get started, and a free-form section at the bottom. To begin, you must log-in first (registration is free and private). Any writing you do here will be saved for whenever you return and it will only be shared with the friends and family you choose, if you choose to share it at all. For more info on how to use our Writing Workbook, see our Quick Start Guide in the right-hand sidebar.
Should you write something you’d like considered for publication in our public Return to Zero Archive, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “For RTZ Archive.” (Please note, you do not need to be logged in to submit to the public archive.)