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How creative writing can help you through life’s hardest moments

Have you ever seen or experienced something and wished you spoke up? Writer Sakinah Hofler makes the case for writing as a tool to help you process difficult memories and reclaim the power they may hold. Pick up a pen or pull up a keyboard and follow along as she walks you through how to unburden your mind and inspire reflection.

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Have you ever seen or experienced something and wished you spoke up? Writer Sakinah Hofler makes the case for writing as a tool to help you process difficult memories and reclaim the power they may hold. Pick up a pen or pull up a keyboard and follow along as she walks you through how to unburden your mind and inspire reflection.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxUCincinnati, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.

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Sakinah Hofler’s resource list

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

In this slim collection of essays, Danticat’s bare bones approach to art, exile, immigration, and creation allows the reader to see the impact and importance of bearing witness.

Photos that Changed the World

In this photojournal, Stepan gathers photos that played pivotal moments in the modern world’s history. In addition to photos such as the joyous one from Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, there are photos that don’t look away from the brutality of the world, such as the “Massacre in Beijing”, the “Execution in Saigon” and the impact of the Great Depression in “Migrant Mother.”

Citizen: An American Lyric

This intertextual poetry collection, winner the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, is a master class at bearing witness. By using the second person, Rankine forces the reader to become “you,” the speaker. Rankine places the reader in uncomfortable situations that explore systemic racism (such as what it means to be black in America, from the harmful impacts of implicit bias to violent effects of blatant racism. Her ability to aptly to capture moments demonstrates the importance of writing down both the mundane and monumental moments of one’s life.

The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way offers writing methods everyone can use to unlock creative aspects of their lives. Through a combination of weekly exercises, quotes and anecdotes, Cameron taps into how writing can be beneficial for people of all backgrounds. The recommended morning pages (3 pages of freewriting journaling that you complete the first thing every morning) help uncover fears, aspirations and goals.

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The Writer’s Workshop

Situational irony: The opposite of what you think

lesson duration 03:12

Three anti-social skills to improve your writing

lesson duration 03:45

Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns)

lesson duration 05:05

The power of a great introduction

lesson duration 04:43

Capturing authentic narratives

lesson duration 03:19

The case against “good” and “bad”

lesson duration 04:53

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