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Writing to Reckon
A 10-week Confidential Online course for Cult Survivors or Their Loved Ones
For Experienced Writers and Beginners Alike
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This course is for anyone who has been impacted by controlling groups (directly or indirectly) and is seeking greater understanding through the written word. Experienced writers and beginner writers and everyone in between are welcome. Writing is a process that supports the integration of traumatic and/or confusing life events. Finding the words to express, linking ideas together, re-visiting difficult moments and pouring it all onto the page, helps the writer to make sense of her/his world. Together, we will create a learning environment, because we are all experts in our own life experiences.
We will create a confidential, safe, online community where we dare to speak out loud through our writing. Each participant will write as little or as much as they choose, with the understanding that every word written is an act of empowerment. There will be no set expectations or rules, other than to respect confidentiality and to write from your own personal experience.
One does not have to go very far in cult recovery to discover the work of Robert Jay Lifton who outlined 8 tenants of cultic groups. Facilitator Gerette Buglion is a Cult Awareness Educator and she will offer a brief presentation (10 minutes or less) each week on one these principles. Education about the dynamics used to manipulate cult survivors will be an optional tool for 'sharpening our pencils' and bringing increased understanding to our writing projects. Optional writing prompts will be offered based on these ideas.
Each two hour class will include introductions, an educational presentation, 45 minutes of silent writing time and an opportunity for reading one's writing aloud as well as some discussion time. A confidential online group (through Slack) will be a place where participants can post their writing in between the weekly sessions.
This course is for anyone who desires to explore writing as a process for gaining clearer understanding of how involvement in a controlling or cultic group impacts one’s life, either through witnessing a loved one or through direct personal experience.
Course will meet via Zoom on Mondays from 3 to 5 pm EST starting on Monday, May 18th.
Cost is $200 for all 10 sessions or $25 per session. *
Facilitator is Gerette Buglion, Cult Awareness Educator and Writer from Dream Haven of Vermont
*If you are interested but cannot afford the course fee, please inquire about barter options. If you cannot afford the course fee because your life has been impacted by Covid 19, please reach out for partial scholarship information. There is a minimum $60 fee for the full course.