Free Writing Workshop for Cancer Patients Starts Feb. 22

San Diego – San Diegans living with a cancer diagnosis can attend a free therapeutic writing workshop series sponsored by Scripps Cancer Center, beginning Monday, Feb. 22 at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines in La Jolla.

“When Words Heal” is an eight-week writing workshop series designed to help San Diegans with their difficult journey through cancer, by means of expressive writing. Workshop sessions will take place Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will run through April 12.

The workshop series will be led by Sharon Bray, Ed.D., a respected figure in the expressive writing field and a breast cancer survivor. Workshop sessions will take place in the conference room of Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, in the Anderson Outpatient Pavilion, located at 10666 North Torrey Pines Road.

Writing experience is not required to benefit from this workshop, which is designed to help participants learn to express the complex emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis, and to gain perspective and cope more effectively with life’s hardships. The program is open to men and women living with cancer, regardless of where they are receiving their treatment. Advance registration is required and can be arranged by calling 858-554-9376, or by emailing Cost for parking is $3.

Scripps Cancer Center patients benefit from a network of the most advanced diagnostic, treatment and support services, as well as access to the latest research and clinical trials. Scripps Health also provides screening and prevention services, along with extensive education and support groups. Scripps Cancer Center is the first multi-hospital cancer program in California and one of only 28 programs nationally to earn network accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.


Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps cares for half-a-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,700 plus employees. It includes five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers. Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education.

Contact: Steve Carpowich
Phone: 858-678-7183

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