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Healing Hearts Writing Group

Led by Becca Van Tassel, LCSW-S and

Kristy Peloquin, MA in Creative Writing

Coming Fall 2018 - Dates to be Announced

Click on 'register' below to be added to the interest list.  

Location: The Austin Center for Grief & Loss

2413 Greenlawn Pkwy., Austin, TX 78757

$150 for the series, with an option to pay in two installments.  Payment is for the series regardless of session attendance.  Writing supplies and materials included.  

Over six weeks, both during the workshops and between sessions, writing will be used to explore themes of grief, loss, and transformation. Each session will begin with a short, guided meditation. Group members will have an opportunity to share authentically the emotions and transformation that the grief experience elicits through writing exercises followed by processing.

This course is appropriate for those who have experienced a death loss in recent years. While this is not intended as a therapy group, we will have a licensed clinician with us to ensure this is a safe and comfortable place to process whatever arises during the course.

"Telling one's story through poems, songs, journals, or other expressions of the written word provides vital material for the therapeutic process. Finding one's own voice is a self-affirming process, often followed by greater self-understanding and new insight" (The Creative Writing Center).


Kristy Peloquin earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetry from Texas State University. Her first book of poetry, "Rescue," explores the effects of trauma and the healing power of writing. Kristy teaches English at Austin Community College.  Her current research interests include gifted and talented education.  She is currently working on her memoir, tentatively titled "Gifted-mess," which explores what it's like to grow up as a gifted child and what it means to be a gifted adult.


Becca Van Tassel, LCSW-S is the clinical director at The Austin Center for Grief & Loss. She is committed to providing an empathic and welcoming space for those grieving. She is passionate about incorporating art into the therapeutic experience in order to help clients move from loss to life.