We have found that one of the most powerful things you can do when seeking a way through trauma or pain is to pick up a pen. Creative writing can be an immensely therapeutic and empowering outlet for individuals experiencing hardships. Whether someone is facing personal challenges, emotional difficulties, or societal issues, creative writing provides a means of self-expression, catharsis, and personal growth. InToto’s participating artists are encouraged to read poetry together, share their thoughts about the writing, and respond in writing to prompts based on the selected reading.
Participants are also encouraged to prepare writings to read at our annual showcases, where they are given a platform to share their experiences to our larger community. This experience is empowering for our artists as it allows them to reclaim their voices and assert their presence, which is especially important for those who have faced challenges or hardships that have made you feel silenced.