The Healing Stories Project

The Healing Stories Project will offer live storytelling events, workshops, and resources exploring writing, telling, and witnessing the important stories of our lives


Please join us for a hands on writing workshop:

Writing For Healing: Legacy Writing


Legacy writing is a way of documenting your life experiences and values, while looking for insight and hidden gems of meaning. It can be healing for the writer, or a gift to a family member or loved one.

Our writing workshops are based on Duke Integrative's evidence based writing program to build resilience, reduce stress, and improve your quality of life.

Future classes may offer opportunities for ongoing exploration and work with various expressive writing models.


Fang-yi Cheng, at our first storytelling event, sharing her story about raising a special needs child.

Crafting and telling stories from our life experience can be powerfully healing.

Storytelling offers discovery of new insight, unexpected resolution of difficult feelings, and wisdom to share with others. Creating a narrative is an opportunity for reflection; often the process reveals transformation. We may find we see our experience differently—suffering might become redemptive; loss may uncover unknown capacities of love and support; diagnoses can lose power in light of meaningful new perspectives. Telling stories about the meaning found in challenges can kindle community and inspiration for others on similar journeys. For a wonderful taste of live storytelling, check out The Moth Radio Hour.

Discovering and sharing our own stories of kindness, tenacity, resilience, wisdom, courage, foolishness, power, compassion, and humor is at the heart of the Healing Stories Project.

We are just beginning. Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to stay tuned for information about how you can join us on our empowering, community-building, storytelling journey!

The Healing Stories Team

Lorraine Davis

Caitlin Schmitt

After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
-Philip Pullman