EXPRESS YOURSELF WRITING WORKSHOPS - Empowering the Disenfranchised Mission Statement

We transform the lives of the disenfranchised by giving them a safe place to be heard no matter their ethnic, educational or economic background.

Participants will build self-esteem by expressing their truths through their writing.  Participants will be given the tools to help:  

1. unblock creativity and express their innermost thoughts  
2. improve their writing skills  
3. build self-esteem and self-confidence through their new-found skills  

Our two-hour workshop begins with a short concert and introduction by the facilitators on the pitfalls and triumphs they faced throughout their own lives. We have found this helps build trust among participants as well as with James and Linda. It also helps us assess each person’s comfort level with regard to writing and their interaction with the group.  

No prior writing experience is necessary and participants will not be judged on spelling, etc. Active participation is encouraged but not mandatory. Hurtful comments will not be tolerated. As these exercises can bring up feelings that may need to be discussed with a professional it is recommended a councillor be provided. 

Express Yourself Writing Workshops have helped people in a diverse range of economical environments including high schools, Boy’s and Girls Clubs, alternative schools, male and female correctional facilities, juvenile detention centres, detox centres, and women’s shelters throughout North America. We have worked with California’s Arts in Corrections Program, The Elizabeth Fry Society, Canadian School Districts and California’s Bread and Roses Program and have partnered with North American music festivals and community outreach programs.  

The Facilitators:   

Linda McRae is an award-winning Platinum Recording Artist and an experienced workshop facilitator. Pregnant at age seventeen she married her baby’s father who proved to be abusive. He later served prison time for this abuse. As a result Linda has a unique perspective on the importance of education and self-esteem.  

James Whitmire has served as President of the Kititas County Substance Abuse Advisory Board and is a published songwriter and poet. A skinny kid who wore shoes to correct his uneven leg length James had an issue with self-esteem and started drinking at age 13. Twenty-three years later with the help of the Orenda Center of Santa Rosa, CA he walked the road to recovery. Celebrating his 30th year of sobriety this year, James has a unique perspective on life’s hardships and triumphs.  

Together Linda and James make an empathetic, engaging and powerful team. They have chosen to shine their light in this world in the hopes of making it a better place. 

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Contact: 1 (615) 952 2469 or email  

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EXPRESS YOURSELF WRITING WORKSHOPS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Express Yourself Writing Workshops must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.