Writing Workshops

At the core of Stories Without Roofs program is the writing workshop. The workshop brings together individuals who self identify as experiencing homelessness.  This may include individuals who are currently without a a permanent home, individuals who continue to receive services as they transition into housing, and many individuals in between. The writing groups run by Stories Without Roofs offer people dealing with homelessness in its various forms an opportunity to give themselves a voice, and to have their voice be heard.

Writing Workshop Goals

A. For each of the participants in the writing program to create a self-narrative, and through writing about their own life experiences, discover things about themselves they may not have known.

B. For each of the participants to feel empowered to re-frame their personal stories.  Sometimes we, as people, may feel "stuck" in a story being told ABOUT us, dictated by past events, relationships or traumas. But it is possible for us to change the way we see ourselves or feel about our circumstances, by reinterpreting our own role in our story. Participants in the SWR writing workshops are encouraged to free themselves from internalized stigma by taking control of their own stories.

C) For the participants, through the sharing of their experiences to form bonds within the group, to know they are not alone in their experiences, feelings, or struggles. 

To request information about bringing the Stories Without Roofs writing workshop to your program use this form.

Participants in a Stories Without Roofs writing workshop


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning