Literary Therapy is an interactive experience that uses introspective writing, mindfulness strategies, group discussion in a safe and supportive environment to center joy, foster connection, and cultivate tools and strategies to cope and thrive during this raggedy moment in history.
With over 1,000 participants from 20+ countries since its creation in 2015, Literary Therapy offers affirming space for cathartic expression and unpacking topics related to mental and emotional wellness with a trauma-informed facilitator, GetSomeJoy co-founder Alexander Hardy.
The program has yielded 15 digital Literary Therapy Exploration Workbooks since Summer 2021.
Literary Therapy sessions can be one-time experiences or part of a series and include a digital or print Literary Therapy Exploration Workbook.
AUDIENCE: The Literary Therapy Writing Program is a dynamic experience tailored to support community, academic, non-profit, corporate, municipal, and other groups with a welcoming, restorative space for creative expression and cultivating tools for thriving.
This framework is ideal for anyone open to using introspective and creative writing as a tool to make sense of life and find clarity, connection, and joy.
(You, too, managers!)
During the sessions, participants:
practice mindfulness and grounding activities,
explore topics such as joy, safety, stress, creativity, isolation, loss, goals, caregiving, giving ourselves and others grace, etc.,
share some insights with others + keep some private,
curate restorative wellness practices and support,
receive tools for self-affirmation and connecting to resources + support networks, and
prioritize their joy and well-being.
The sessions underscore writing's effectiveness as a vehicle for healing and catharsis, and allows participants to take an inventory of and gain clarity on their wellness journeys.
Normalize discussions around self-care, stress, joy, and wellness.
Enhance individual and collective authenticity, accountability, vulnerability, and clarity.
Foster connection, creativity, self-affirmation, self-love, decisiveness, and a greater sense of power and freedom.
Remember to choose joy more often.
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
A public space for conversations about joy. Visit our installation to see what other people are doing to getsomejoy, share what joy means to you, and grab a button + a Literary Therapy Exploration Workbook.
Current Location (May + June 2022):
Oakland Public Library—Elmhurst Branch
1427 88th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
A community writing workshop on emotional decluttering, celebrating progress, and creating space for joy during this raggedy moment in history.
Includes a digital Literary Therapy Exploration Workbook
with Dominican Writers Association
A four-part introspective writing program offering community space to navigate life in this raggedy moment in history. With custom Literary Therapy exploration Workbooks.
Week 2: Grief + Post-Traumatic Growth
Week 4: Recovery + Self-Love
What are your favorite parts about being Black? What songs inspire joy and get you in a good mood?
GetSomeJoy hosted a free community writing workshop ahead of our pop-up at the 2022 Black Joy Parade.
Session 1 - Caregiving, Creative Outlets + Joy Action Plans
Session 2 - Guilt, Shame, and Grace
Session 3 - Accountability, Supportive Rituals, and Self-Sabotage
Session 4 - Recovery, Self-Loathing, and Self-Love
Session 1 - joy, boundaries + restorative practices
Session 2 - grief + post-traumatic growth
Session 3 - pleasure + playtime
Session 4 - letting go + releasing