Registration Form – Space for Ourselves

Space for Ourselves: A Writing Group for People Living with Illness
8 Thursdays: January 16th-March 6th, 7-8:45 pm
United Church of Chapel Hill, Assembly Room A
1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Print this registration form and mail it with a check to: Project Compassion, 180 Providence Road, Suite 1-C, Chapel Hill 27514. Include “Space for Ourselves” on memo line. Total cost is $200 (scholarships are available). For questions or more information, contact Allison Harrison or call 919-619-4873.




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More about Space for Ourselves: A Writing Group for People Living with Illness

Writing about deep and difficult aspects of our lives not only offers us fresh perspective and meaning; extensive research shows writing is also good for our health. In this writing group, leaders Carol Henderson and Allison Harrison will guide participants through a series of writing exercises, giving them the opportunity to turn inward and seek their own wisdom, draw on existing literature as inspiration, and gain confidence. We will write about self-care, the new “normal,” what illness can teach us, feeling “other,” and listening to our bodies. This group provides the unique opportunity to be part of a community where we care about each other but take care of ourselves. You only share what you choose and you don’t have to consider yourself a writer to participate. Sponsored by Project Compassion, a 501(c)(3).

Carol Henderson ( is a writer, teacher, and workshop leader who has also lived with chronic illness. She has published two memoirs and her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in the United States and Canada. She has been a columnist for the Chapel Hill News since 1991. Carol coaches writers one-on-one and has edited a number of memoirs and essay collections. She leads nonfiction workshops in the U.S. and abroad, and in conjunction with Project Compassion and The Inavale Foundation offers restorative writing in medical centers, faith communities, and schools.

Allison Harrison is a community social worker and writer who is herself a bone marrow transplant survivor. She completed her Masters in Social Work and Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she also received Honors in Creative Writing as an undergraduate. Allison has worked on many issues of social justice and healing, including sexual violence prevention and survivor support, HIV prevention education, and support for people with serious and chronic illness.