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Working Through Stress With Writing

  • Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 West 6th Street Chattanooga, TN 37404 United States (map)

We are all stressed. The world is chaotic, busy, full of screens and cellphones, demands from children, aging parents, and close friends coming apart at the seams. And the endless march of lessons and practices--violin, piano, soccer, softball, yoga, and the recurring shame of that unused gym membership. And money troubles. And sickness. 

In all this swirl of activity and uncertain emotions and circumstances, stress can overwhelm us. And can become anxiety. Can become sadness. Depression. Isolation. 

A creative outlet, like Writing, can help you reduce your stress and put your life into focus. In this class we will focus on self-expression. There are no writing "rights" or "wrongs." We will not focus on correct grammar or spelling. Instead, you will be encouraged to honor yourself, just as you are, and to give yourself caring and compassion.

This is a no-pressure class. If you want to share your writing, you can. If you want to keep your writing private, that's okay. There will be no criticism of your work. You are free to just be yourself.

We will provide pen and paper. Please bring your own notebooks, tablet or laptop if you prefer.

About the teacher:

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Rebecca Cook writes poetry and prose, has published in many journals and magazines, and has published a novel and several collections of poetry through small literary presses. Complete publication information can be found at She has taught composition, creative writing, and literature at UTC and has mentored private students through the Creative Nonfiction Writing Mentors Program. She has experience teaching ELS writing and is comfortable and qualified to instruct in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as professional writing. Currently, her writing focuses on the intersection of prose and poetry and the possibilities of godly exploration and expression.