Currently held in partnership with the William R. Bliss Cancer Resource Center and the Ames Writers Collective, Writing Circles Wednesdays are for people currently receiving treatment for cancer or who have completed treatment within the last five 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 and held on Zoom from 3 to 5 PM CT. Anyone interested may join at any time. Current upcoming 2023 Wednesday dates: January 4, 11 & 18, February 15 & 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.

Listen to two writers responding to the prompt: Who am I today.

“This has helped with chemo brain SO MUCH!” —KG

These sessions are led by Ana McCracken, founder of the Ames Writers Collective. Registration is free and required. Sessions are limited to 10 participants. If you are your organization are interested in starting a group, please reach out to Ana. For questions, to register or to form a group, email Ana McCracken.

“I’ve come to regard Writing Circle as an integral part of my cancer treatment. As much as I appreciate the efforts of my medical team and support from family and friends, I still feel an “aloneness” in this journey. Writing Circle has proved a convenient opportunity to air my worries, concerns, hopes and fears that only another cancer patient can truly fathom. It is a safe space to share insights, tears, and laughter.” —NJ