As a creative writer with a hidden illness, the Survive and Thrive Writing Workshops were a way to challenge myself to write about my illness and the fears and joys that come along with it. It was a place for me to work through issues that were going on in my life as well as express my successes. I was also able to develop a sense of community with the rest of the contributors through reading their submissions and providing positive feedback. The workshops became a place that felt like home. A place to take off my shoes and stay awhile. I have submitted four poems that creeped, crawled, sprung, and danced out of this visit.



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