Hello there! My name is Melissa Hudler, and I am excited to share with you inspiration for your personal reflection and writing. I facilitate a writing group at a local cancer center, as well as a student journaling group at Lamar University where I teach literature and writing courses. Although I hold a PhD in Renaissance Studies, I have been researching medical humanities and forms of writing therapy for several years. This research has led me to realize the power that expressive writing holds to empower, heal, and transform one’s voice, body, spirit, and life.
In turn, this realization has compelled me to re-evaluate my life’s work. I have spent the past 20 years teaching courses that, to be honest, most students begrudge having to take. The result has been years and years and countless hours of doing work that has a very small impact on others. Once I became interested in–indeed intrigued by–the practice of wellness writing, I realized that I had found a way to put my knowledge, skills, and experience to use for a larger and more meaningful purpose.
I have spent years working from my head, and I realized that I wanted to get out of my head and begin working from my heart. To make this happen, I applied for and was awarded a sabbatical to develop and facilitate a writing program for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. This website documents my work with this program and allows me to share the experience with a larger audience. I am grateful to have you as a part of it.
I am passionate about helping others find and to be empowered by their voices, as well as to realize the possibility to transform one’s life by nurturing its many narratives through the simple and very natural and necessary act of writing.
Now tell me about you!
How long have you been journaling? What inspired you to start? How has it helped you? Please use the comments section below or contact me ♥