The staff at WriterHouse founded #TheWrite2Heal in response to the violence and hate that occurred during the Unite the Right Rallies on August 11th and 12th, 2017. These rallies dismantled the stories told about our city, leaving behind a wake of division, fear, and uncertainty.

As a community writing center, we believe in the power of the pen to heal and transform our world. We know this happens one word at a time in settings where writers of all levels have the opportunity to write authentically about their experiences and engage with others. The purpose of #TheWrite2Heal sessions is to help writers understand their thoughts and feelings regarding issues that impact us locally and globally. By bearing witness to our own experiences, we make space to bear witness to and understand the experiences of others.

Our kickoff event took place at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on September 27, 2017. An intimate group of writers gathered to write about their experiences on August 11th and 12th—some for the very first time.

#TheWrite2Heal Events

September 27, 2017 @ The Jefferson Madison Regional Library. Read participant excerpts

After the events of 2017, WriterHouse offered a series of free, instructor-led open writing workshops with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Future events include a Spring 2019 workshop with high school students that will focus on the therapeutic benefits of writing poetry in the peaceful surroundings of nature.
In the summer of 2019, WriterHouse hopes to offer writing sessions during the City of Charlottesville’s Unity Days events, which seek to promote unity while memorializing the devastating and tragic events of the ‘Unite the Right’ march on Charlottesville in August 2017.