While working to help people live full, rich and meaningful lives, one thing I’ve learned is that no matter their differences, they all go through so much in life. Some more than others. That’s why I’m preparing to give away copies of Hope Outside the Walls and Stories of Hope to 10,000 men, women and children throughout the state of Arkansas this summer. My name is Eric, and I am the creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™.

Stories of Hope and Hope Outside the Walls is emotional nutrition, and a must have for countless Arkansans around the state living in poverty or struggling to recover from a traumatic life event. When I first created this campaign, my target audience were teens living in at-risk communities in the Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities over 200,000 in the US. However, during our Summer programs here at home, the request for books by participants and parents who couldn’t afford them was overwhelming.

To give away 10,000 books, I will need the following in funding:

$37,200 for Books

Total: $37,200 ($3.72 covers the cost of 1 Book)

No one is born “bad.” Hurting people hurt people. Be a part of my Writing for the Soul process by making a donation today. 

To help me meet my goal, I’ve created a GoFundMe page. Will you be a part of the Writing for the Soul process? For your donation of any amount, you’ll receive your choice of a free Hope Outside the Walls or Stories of Hope eBook.

2018 Summer of Hope Book Tour FAQ’s

Why did I create Writing for the Soul Workshop? Because writing changed my life. I knew that writing could help others too, and I was right. To date, the program has prevented 6 teen suicides that I know of.
My first participants were Crips and Bloods.  It wasn’t the differences that brought them together, it was the pain.  Watching them write for me made me realize this one thing …writing could actually, literally, set them free. Free from the mental agony of guilt, shame and so much more. I watch as it happens every time a teen shares their story with the others during the program. Indicators include behavioral changes, better grades, abstaining from drug use and more.
You can download my free eBook “My Life in Five Words: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ at www.writingforthesoulworkshop.org to learn more.

Who are you and why are you qualified to do what you do?

Eric is CEO of TGIM Digital Publishing and founder of Writing for the Soul Workshop™. He has successfully completed Texas Department of Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training, Texas Department of State Health Services Peer Recovery Coach Training and Turning Points Parenting Curriculum by Caring for Kids of The Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center.

What is Writing for the Soul Workshop™?

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is not your average writing program. Our focus is not academics, yet students who access our program begin to do better academically. When engaged, the writing program becomes a safe haven for writers to identify what they’re feeling on the inside, and to write about why they feel that way. Misspelled words and all.

Why do this, and how will it impact those who receive a copy of the book?

According to http://www.talkpoverty.org, Arkansas has a population of 2,898, 630 and 499,225 of them are living in poverty. Most of them have no clue that a writing program like ours even exists, simply because it isn’t offered in their area. Most of them have never even traveled outside of their community.  Giving these residents copies of our books allows us to expose them to Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as well as how to access it online at no cost.

Why the heck should people give you money for this?

Offering a program like this requires an annual operating budget of $193,700. Because we are a business with the heart of a non-profit, we do not pass on those costs to participants. Our program offers better educational outcomes than school alone. As the Will Stegerson foundation reminds us, “In order to reach a kid, you’ve got the meet them where they are. And if you can meet them where they are, then you can take them somewhere else.” So many of them feel hopeless. This is what a student who submitted her story in Stories of Hope shared: “I can’t remember the last time someone told me they loved me, appreciate me or that they care. I don’t trust people. I don’t know how.” -Stories of Hope

What will happen when you reach your goal of $37,200?

After reaching our goal, our first stop will be at the Foote Homes housing projects in Memphis, TN on July 9, 2018. 

Foote Homes is a legendary landmark, and is the last remaining housing project in Memphis, TN. We’ll set up a booth for teens to get a book, bookmark, flyer and access our program on

What impact will this have on society?

2018 has already offered an emotional punch for everyone in our society, especially our teens. They witnessed the largest mass school shooting in history, and some of them didn’t make it. Our country seems more emotionally charged than in times past, and our youth need social emotional skills to cope with these emotions. It is clear to us that for them, expressive writing has some clear emotional and psychological benefits. Benefits that along with education, will prepare them for the 21st Century Workforce and to deal with life on life’s terms. Hurting people hurt people, and they take out their pain on the world around them. Imagine a program for teens and families that helps to make the hurting stop. That is our impact on society beginning with the Natural State.

What testimonials have you had in the past?

“This workshop is incredible!!” -Jeffery Powell, North County Recreation Complex Manager in St. Louis
“It was fun to watch the kids get excited about writing as they learned about how to get what’s on the inside out.” -Duane Gruis, United Cerebral Palsy Heartland
“I liked this workshop because the workshop it gave me a chance to express my feelings through writing.” – Nate
“I liked the workshop because I got to express myself and hear Eric’s story.” – Daelyn

“What I liked about this is the writing because I love to write poetry and I always wanted to write a book about my life.  I get to express my feelings on paper and someone has the curiosity to read how I feel deep within me.  I loved everything about it.” – Aujanae

“I liked the workshop because I got to express what I feel on paper and our work is published and other people’s stories may be similar to my story” – MaKayla

“One of the great things about this Writing for the Soul program is that it gives you control over your emotions. You don’t express those things in unhealthy ways. You do it in healthy and productive ways by writing it all out.” -Dr. Stevie Dawn, Emotional Intelligence Expert

Can I make a Tax deductible donation instead of using GoFundMe?

Donate Today

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Click the link to make a secure online donation, or mail checks made out to Fractured Atlas to: TGIM Digital Publishing, 1617 Park Place Ave, Suite 110-TGIM, Fort Worth, TX 76110.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is powered TGIM Digital Publishing. TGIM is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ Rating and recipient of the BBB Gold Star Award. Have questions? We’d be happy to answer them, simply use the Contact Form below.

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