“I hate you!” I yelled, angrily running to my room. I grabbed a scarf and sat on my bed with it around my neck. I began pulling on it as hard as I could until I heard, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” This was the start of long-term treatment for me. -Hanah
The quote above is taken from the story of a remarkable young lady, who submitted it during our Let’s Make a Book Event at the 4th Annual Maker Faire in North Little Rock earlier this month. It was Hanah’s first time accessing our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program, and sharing her story wasn’t easy. You can read Hanah’s story in the next release of our Stories of Hope
series this fall.
For teens like Hanah, it’s never easy writing about their experiences especially when life hurts. That’s why we created an approach to help them be more able to take effective action in the face of emotional discomfort during the program, using writing as therapy.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ helps students appreciate each moment of their life, no matter how they’re feeling. It 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 simply get what’s on the inside …out. Misspelled words and all.
Teens like Hanah access our writing program at no cost to them because of donors like you. Help us to continue our work by making a one-time contribution. Pain is real. But so is hope.
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.
Published by Eric Jones, Author & Recovery Coach
Eric was born and raised in Aubrey, Arkansas, and is a Gulf War veteran. After returning from Iraq, Eric settled down in Kansas City and started a family of his own.
Growing up, Eric was introduced to marijuana at an early age. He says, "My friends smoked it because it was fun to them, I smoked it to escape. For the first time, I had something to help me get through the things that happened to me." At 16-years-old, Eric tried crack cocaine and his life would never be the same.
Addiction seemed to follow Eric everywhere he went after returning from Iraq. He spent the next 26 years, doing life on an installment plan in jails and institutions. On October 5, 2005, Eric found it no longer necessary to smoke crack cocaine. In 2010, he founded TGIM Digital Publishing and launched its premier program: Writing for the Soul Workshop™.
Youth and young adults accessed the program in Africa, Asia, Australia and throughout the US until Eric retired the program on December 31, 2020. While offering the program, Eric was able to give away just over $2.8 million in books, food, workshops, cash, and school supplies.
Eric completed Recovery Coach Training and Peer Recovery Support Specialist Core Training in the Texas model in 2016. On March 8, 2019, Eric was one of the first 50 peers to complete the PRSS Core Training in the Arkansas model.
Eric's work experience as a Recovery Coach in North Little Rock includes CEU's along with over 6,000 hours of Master's level clinical supervision as a Qualified Behavioral Health Provider, and registered CIT with the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board.
Currently, Eric offers private Recovery Coaching throughout Central and Northwest Arkansas from his headquarters in beautiful downtown Little Rock, and satellite office in Rogers.
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