Write your way to clarity in our Literary Therapy Writing Circles

Could you benefit from an intimate space to process your experiences, prioritize joy, and collaborate on creative wellness strategies?

You into action plans and ongoing support? Recipes as healing tools?

Want to write your way through grief alongside your friend, partner, or loved one?

This is the group for you.

The details

Winter 2024 cohorts:

All sessions via Zoom

DAY (12pm EST):

Friday, February 23, March 1, 8, 15  


Tuesday, February 20 + 27, March 5 + 12


Saturday, March 2, 9, 16, 23

Cohort size:

10 people max


Navigating grief + loss


$199 (insurance coverage info below)

2 participants: $175 each


Program Description

The Literary Therapy Writing Circle is an intimate four-week creative wellness experience that offers space to process complex emotions and write your way to clarity in an affirming, joy-infused, collaborative community.

Our Winter 2024 cohorts, beginning in February 2024, centers on finding joy while navigating grief and loss.

As an expansion of GetSomeJoy’s Literary Therapy Writing Program, this Writing Circle is an interactive program that uses introspective writing, mindfulness strategies, and 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.

Participants may attend solo or with a friend, partner, or loved one also navigating grief.


Literary Therapy Writing Circle Weekly Outline

During each session, participants will engage in a themed group discussion and use creative wellness strategies to collaborate on tools for coping, processing emotions, and finding joy.

Homework? Only one way to find out.

SESSION 1. Make It Plain: Naming your Grief

SESSION 2. It’s Complicated: Working Through Grief’s Twists + Setbacks

SESSION 3. Dear So and So: Love Letters to Grief

SESSION 4. Looking Ahead + Living with Grief

What happens in the Literary Therapy Writing Circle program?

During this four-week experience offered under the licensed supervision of Nia Ridgle of RC Wellness Brand/MindBodyYou, participants will reflect, write, read, share, and collaborate on a creative wellness toolkit for processing and managing emotions around grief, loss, mourning, and coping after devastating transitions.

  • Participants will approach grief through a creative lens and use affirmation, group discussion, food, music, community building, and storytelling to unpack experiences with love and loss.

  • Participants will use activities, resources, and reflections from GetSomeJoy’s griefKit: Crowdsourced tools and considerations for raggedy times to cultivate sustainable strategies for processing emotions, reducing stress, finding joy, and fostering connection.

  • Participants receive and work through a custom Literary Therapy Exploration Workbook, a resource guide that expands on concepts explored during group sessions and offers space for Grounding, Reflection, Exploration, and Creating, taking notes, and drawing.

  • Each week, participants receive a Literary Therapy Writing Circle Aftercare Guide + Joy Action Plan and more tools for thriving and exploration via The Joy Report

In collaboration with RC Wellness Brand, participants will have a complimentary session with a licensed clinical therapist and develop a Long-term Wellness Plan that includes assessing needs, plus envisioning and equipping you for your joyful and informed journey.

because there’s no right way to navigate loss + transition

griefKit: Crowdsourced tools and considerations for raggedy times


Literary Therapy Writing Circle Audience

✴️ You are a community member looking for an intimate, affirming space to center joy, navigate transitions, unpack complex emotions, and process this raggedy season/moment in history.   

✴️ You are open-minded and down for some personal exploration. You don’t have to be a writer or creator to benefit from introspective writing.

✴️ As offered under this partnership, this Literary Therapy Writing Circle is for folks who are 18 years of age.

✴️ California members of Optima, Cigna, or Aetna insurance providers are eligible for insurance cover.


About your facilitator

Alexander Hardy is a grits-powered writer, Mental Health First Aid National Trainer and wellness program facilitator, home cook, and lupus survivor. He will probably ask what delicious meals you’ve eaten recently. 

He battles spiritual ashiness as CoFounder of GetSomeJoy, a creative wellness agency supporting communities and organizations with joy-flavored trainings, resources, and experiences. During his time with GetSomeJoy, he has developed and facilitated six wellness programs (Self-Care Check-In, Mindfulness Moments, Literary Therapy Writing Program, Virtual Community Cook-alongs, Creative Art Therapy, and Creating Space for Joy at Work/School) and published 16 digital Literary Therapy Exploration Workbooks. He leads Youth, Adult, and Spanish Mental Health First Aid trainings and is on a lifelong quest to make better empanadas. 

Alexander crafts soulful messages as a copywriter, editor, and wellness campaign developer. He has written for outlets and brands such as Ebony, CNN, Courvoisier, Food & Wine, The Extraordinary Negroes, Esquire, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, The Root, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas

In December 2022, four months after the death of his mother, Edilma Hardy, he curated and published griefKit: Crowdsourced tools and considerations for raggedy times via GetSomeJoy.

Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware.


Learn more about his work at thealexanderhardy.com.


About our supervising clinician

Hello! I'm Nia Ridgle, LCSW, a holistic healer, and the creator of Mind Body You. I'm not just a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Life Coach; I'm also someone who has experienced a journey of healing and personal growth.

This journey has inspired me to launch Mind Body You, a special place that holds great significance for me. We've transitioned from R.C Wellness Brand to this new, more personal platform.

Mind Body You is more than just a platform; it's a reflection of my heart and soul, a safe haven for you. It's a place where you can embark on your own journey of self-discovery and transformation, just as I have.

Our mission is to help you find emotional relief, personal growth, and holistic well-being. Here, you'll uncover your higher self and gain valuable life tools and self-improvement skills.


Past Literary Therapy Situations

Over 2000 curious souls from over 20 countries have experienced our Literary Therapy Writing Program, in-person or virtually, across one of our five modalities. Here are a few previous editions of our flagship creative wellness bonanza.

Virtual Literary Therapy Wall

Navigating Grief + Loss with Joy

Community Literary Therapy Wall @ Oakland Black Pride

Literary Therapy: Recovery + Self-Love

Literary Therapy for Educators + Administrators

Literary Therapy Summer Series

Literary Therapy Fall/Winter Series 

GetSomeJoy @ 2022 Black Joy Parade

Black Joy Parade Report Recap + Case Study

Contact Us

Have a question, concern, recipe, or reaction?

Want to bring a Literary Therapy Writing Circle, Mental Health First Aid training, or other joy-infused experience to your school, office, or community?

Let’s talk about it.

Email us at hey@getsomejoy.com.

Schedule time to chat here.

Call us at (347)927-1094.

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