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Writing as Healing: Re-imagining the Divine with Survivors of Sexual Assault

August 28, 4:00 pm5:00 pm


Current literature shows that reflective writing can guide survivors of sexual abuse from post- traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth because the writing process offers emotional awareness, confidence, and spiritual insight.

This workshop will engage participants to reflect upon their role as support figures for those who have experienced sexual abuse by a religious authority. It will offer poems and generative writing exercises to help survivors reimagine their own understanding of the Divine above and beyond an institution that may have betrayed them, and it will include writing strategies to facilitate compassionate, culturally sensitive conversations between survivors and their faith leaders.

Presenter: The Rev. Taylor Daynes is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Central New York, and currently serves as Episcopal Chaplain to Cornell University and Priest in Charge at the Church of the Epiphany in Trumansburg. She has a special interest in the intersection of creativity and spirituality, and has taught Creative Writing in a variety of settings – from Johns Hopkins University, to community arts programs for returning citizens, a VA hospital, and churches, and community centers across the east coast. Her poetry has appeared in Sixth Finch, Bluestem Magazine, Yalobusha Review, Incessant Pipe, and elsewhere. She studied Theology at the University of Toronto, holds an MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins, an MA in religion from Yale Divinity School, and a BA in English from Vanderbilt University.

Presenter: Sarah Jefferis holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell and a PhD in Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton. Her most recent poetry collection, What Enters the Mouth, was published by Standing Stone Books in 2017. Her poems, nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Rhino, The Mississippi Review, The Hollins Critic, Icon, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, The Hoxie George Review, The Healing Muse, and others. Through her consultant business, Write. Now., Sarah serves as a 1:1 writing coach and editor for clients across multiple disciplines and genres. Additionally, she has worrked as a visiting lecturer for over twenty years in Higher Education Institutions where she has taught Creative Writing and Literature. You can find her at www.sarahjefferis.net


There is no cost and once registered you will receive a Zoom link and password.

Please register at: Writing as Healing

This is part of our Summer Series. Workshops led by clergy and lay members from throughout the diocese and diocesan staff members. Visit cnyepiscopal.org/summer-series see all the options!


August 28
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
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Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
(315) 474-6596

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