Writing for the Soul Workshop™, is pleased to offer a platform for care-givers, family, friends and those living with Disabilities a powerful and exciting way to get what’s on the inside …out. We’re collecting short stories, poems, art, & music from our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ participants -as well as the young and old from around the world for the next release in our Stories of Hope series.
Our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ philosophy is based on the fact that powerful emotions have a powerful voice; and that when we get what is on the inside out, we take control of those feelings. The #WeAllHaveThem Project empowers those that choose to participate with real resources to:
1. become published authors
2. be a voice for those that don’t have one
3. earn commission on book sales
4. save for college, or pay bills and so much more.
Some of our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ participants with disabilities have shared their stories and are published. Through our experience, we understand how sharing our stories’ helps the healing process and unlock doors packed with tremendous WOW Factors. The #WeAllHaveThem Project is an important and impactful way to show those living with a disability that it doesn’t end your life -it just opens up different doors. Here’s a sample story from Donavan Potts:
Walking Tall by Donavan Potts
My name is Donavan Potts. For some of you reading this, in case you don’t already know: I was born with Spinal Bifida. It effects my walking, so I have to wear leg braces, walk on crutches and sometimes I even have to ride in a wheel chair.
Because of my disability I am stereotyped and made fun of. Kids have often called me crippled. I think it’s because they don’t really know me, so they assume. It doesn’t change the fact that it hurts to be called names, but if they knew me, then they’d know that I can do all sorts of things. I don’t view my disability as a big deal. I can play basketball, soccer, baseball and tag. Plus I like to lift weights.
How many people can say that they physically saved another life? I can! Back in 2005, I saved my cousin from drowning. Because I swim like a fish, I jumped in and saved him. It was even published in the Joplin Globe!
Yeah, a lot of my peers call me cripple, but if they only knew how the doctors told my mother that I’d never sit up on my own, then they’d call me a miracle. It’s okay. After reading this, they’ll have to call me other things like: published, or author. Either one is fine with me!
Anyone can participate regardless of ability. To participate and submit your short story, poem, art and/or music in Stories of Hope: We All Have Them simply complete the Contact Form below and a Welcome Email will be sent to you. All ages are welcome to participate. Everyone 17 & under must have Parent/Guardian permission to participate.
This compilation of heart wrenching, and cathartic short stories were written by authors participating in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ around the world. Through a unique structure offering both engagement -and reward, this workshop brings education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. As noted in the forward by educator Sarah Lankford, these unique and amazing individuals have received a rare opportunity to share a story they needed to share …and develop a love of writing as a result.
Review: “I read Stories of Hope last Friday, and found it remarkable. At first, I tried to chose one story to focus on in social media posts,but quickly realized that it would be impossible to chose. I began reading the book by highlighting the titles of the most moving stories, and by the time I had finished, every title was highlighted. It’s a phenomenal compilation.” -Kasey Beduhn
Please do not submit manuscripts that contain any of the following: obscene or explicit material, unnecessary profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate or graphic love scenes. Any material considered for publication that is found to be graphic will require a mandatory edit of the material and may result in a rejection of the material.
Please note that we do not publish graphic material. Therefore, you may be asked to remove graphic material or language.
If you choose to submit by postal mail or electronically, those manuscripts will not be returned and will be deleted or destroyed if not accepted for publication. Please retain at least one copy of your manuscript when submitting a hard copy or electronic version for our consideration and review. For more information, you can also use the Contact Form below to connect with Adonis Reddick, Program Director.