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A Healing Journey: Writing Together Through Breast Cancer Paperback – August, 2004

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About the Author

Sharon Bray, Ph.D. is a writer and educator living in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has appeared in a number of professional journals and magazines, Pat Schneider's Writing Alone & With Others, and most recently, the anthology Looking Back: Stories of Our Mothers and Fathers in Retrospect. A breast cancer survivor, she leads writing groups, using the Amherst Writers & Artists method, for women living with cancer. Sharon has a doctorate in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed the Writers' Program in Literary Fiction through the University of Washington.
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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Writers & Artists Press, Inc.; First Edition edition (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941895297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941895293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known for her innovative work in expressive or therapeutic writing for those whose voices have been silenced by pain, loss or trauma, Dr. Sharon Bray has been leading expressive writing groups for cancer survivors for over a decade. Her two most recent books, When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer (North Atlantic/Frog Books, 2006) and A Healing Journey: Writing Together through Breast Cancer (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2004) document her work. She co-edited, with Pat Fobair, LCSW, an anthology of cancer patients' writing, Learning to Live Again, published by the Stanford School of Medicine in 2007.

Sharon grew up in Northern California, completed her B.A. and a year of graduate study at San Jose State University and earned her doctoral degree at the University of Toronto. She has also studied creative writing and literary fiction at Humber School for Writers in Toronto, completed a certificate in literary fiction at University of Washington ext. Writers' Program and studied transformative language arts at Goddard College.

In addition to her most recent books, she has authored a children's book, poetry, memoir and personal essays. Her work has appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines, and she is featured on the DVD, Writing Alone and With Others, the accompaniment to Pat Schneider's book by the same title.

Sharon currently teaches creative nonfiction for UCLA extension Writer's Program, leads groups for cancer survivors at Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto and Scripps Green Cancer Center in San Diego and also leads the Writers' Workshop at Stanford Medical School. Each summer, she teaches a week-long course on writing & healing at Berkeley's Pacific School of Religion.

She offers weekly writing prompts for cancer survivors and others at www.writingthroughcancer.wordpress.com. Her personal website is: www.sharonbray.net.

She is now completing a novel.

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I bought this book to better understand the cancer experience of a beloved friend. Little did I know that my own life would be changed by reading A Healing Journey. This is a book to give to sisters, best friend, your mother. These stories made me exquisitely aware of life's abundance -- its joyful, glorious, sometime painful abundance. A must read.
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Sharon Bray has written a powerful and tender book about healing through writing and sharing life stories. Bray intimately shares her own story along with members of the breast cancer writing group she founded and leads. I am profoundly touched by the courage, love and faith these women find through the healing power of writing and reading aloud together. With her extensive background in psychology and education, Bray makes a clear distinction between writing as healing as in the Amherst Writers & Artists method she draws on, and writing as therapy. She explains the basics of leading a writing group and includes the Amherst Writers & Artists' twelve basic principles for a healthy workshop. This book is a valuable tool for anyone looking for insight and inspiration for workshop facilitation. It is also a book that not only abounds with the human spirit; it leaps off the page and enters your heart. It is a gift. Thank you, Sharon Bray and the Scribbling Women of CBHP for your compassion, wisdom and eloquence.
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This is a wonderful book, sharing the powerful experience and stories of Sharon Bray's "scribbling women", and a detailed description of the Amherst Writers & Artists method as a means to open doors and draw out beautiful words. I've been taking one of Sharon's writing classes over this past year and it has been a true gift to be able to engage in this creative process among women who have been through and understand the impact of living with breast cancer. Sharon is an amazing storyteller in her own right, and the chance to hear and learn from her has been very rewarding and thought-provoking. If you are directly involved with someone living with cancer, living with it yourself, or even if not, this book has something meaningful to tell you.
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Beautifully written and extremely well organized, A Healing Journey is a must have for anyone working with therapeutic writing groups. The author is herself a breast cancer survivor and a senior partner of Amherst Writers and Artists, thus lending a unique and credible perspective to the topic. The book chronicles Bray's experience as a writing group leader and includes short essays and poetry from group participants. It is packed with moving accounts and practical guidance to assist others in starting or improving their own writing groups. Chapters include such titles as When Writing is Healing, Writing Together, and Writing in Sanctuary.
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