Lincoln Memorial University


Author Abigail DeWitt to offer "Writing to Heal" Workshop at LMU


Harrogate, Tennessee, July 3, 2017— Author Abigail DeWitt will lead a five-day “Writing to Heal” workshop at Lincoln Memorial University July 11-15, 2017.


“Keeping a journal has sustained and consoled me through every challenge I’ve faced, but writing as healing is much more than journaling. It’s a process of specific exercises that can be used to address a variety of emotional, psychological, and physical concerns, and it’s also a way of developing greater insight,” DeWitt said. “It’s a powerful practice for anyone, regardless of writing ability, and though I often still teach in a traditional classroom, the work that calls to me most now is healing.”


DeWitt will lead participants through a series of writing exercises designed to help people address a particular trauma or challenge, boost overall health, or simply re-awaken a sense of delight. The event is open to all levels of writers and no previous writing experience is necessary.


DeWitt is the author of Lili (WW Norton), Dogs (Lorimer Press) and a newly completed novel-in-stories, News of Our Loved Ones. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere. She has been cited in Best American Short Stories, nominated for a Pushcart award and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts and the Michener Society.


The workshop is part of LMU’s Arts in the Gap. The primarily summer arts initiative aims to foster and expand a deeper appreciation for art and Appalachia through interactive workshops, displays and performance. The heritage and history of the area are heavily rooted in the arts, music and writing and LMU hopes to preserve and celebrate these traditions.


For more information or to reserve your space go to AITG. or contact Arts in the Gap director Joe Gill at 423.869.6265 or by email at


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at





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