Held in partnership with the William R. Bliss Cancer Resource Center and the Ames Writers Collective, Writing Circles are for people currently receiving treatment for cancer or who have completed treatment within the last two years. These writing circles are modeled after the Amherst Writers & Artists Method—a philosophy that believes everyone is a writer. Writing is known to be healing on many levels. During sessions, participants write together from writing prompts, which inspire stories from their lives. Writers are gently invited to read their “fresh” writing, and each writer receives positive feedback from the group.

Living with cancer is a lonely journey. Only those who have been or are on that same journey truly understand the emotions, fears and challenges we face each day. I was hoping to gain some insight into how others coped with their diagnosis. I not only gained that, but also came to understand more fully my own reactions to my personal cancer story. This was a valuable experience for me. I don’t feel quite as alone as I did.

—A Past Participant


Writing Circle Wednesdays
are ongoing with breaks in between sessions.
The current sessions began on September 14th (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 26 & Nov 2).
These sessions meet on Zoom from 3 to 5 PM CT.
Anyone interested may join at any time.

These sessions are led by Ana McCracken, founder of the Ames Writers Collective. Registration is free and required. Sessions are limited to 10 participants. Email Ana McCracken for questions and to register.