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Write From the Heart collaborates with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health's Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, the Mcglinn Cancer Institute/Reading Hospital, Breast Cancer Support Services/Berks County, and CARE (Cancer Assistance and Resource Educational center) at The Penn State Cancer Institute/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania. She taught the Penn State Cancer Institute clinical study, The Effect of Creative Writing In the Mood of Patients with Cancer, the results of which were published in the British Medical Journal of Support and Palliative Care.

Write From the Heart doesn't just teach writing, it opens us to feeling present and alive. Thoughtful, relaxing workshops awaken the creative spirit, gently, without intimidation. They are a safe haven for experienced and first-timers alike, especially those who have always longed to write but thought they couldn't. No grades, grammar, or red pen. Sharing optional. A writing class to illuminate laughter, courage, and hope. 

  • Reduce stress

  • Bolster confidence

  • Take a break from perfectionism

  • Bond with other creative souls

  • No grades, grammar or judgment

  • Beginners welcome!

Tower Health/Mcglinn Cancer Institute (Reading Hospital)

Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (via ZOOM)

Please register with Elizabeth Keller at or (484) 628-9842

January 16 - February 20, 2024

September 10 - October 15

Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health/Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (via ZOOM)

Please register with Lancaster General Health at (717) 544-4636 or via this link (select "cancer patients" from the side calendar choices and you'll find the class listed on the date the session starts.)

January 10 - February 28, 2024

March 20 - May 8, 2024

June 19 - August 7, 2024 (no class July 3)

September 11 - November 6, 2024 (no class October 2)


Registration required. 

All workshops are online via Zoom, and FREE!

Please call Melissa at 717-393-4713 or email

"Both a writing class and the best support group I've ever been in. Write From the Heart has changed my life for the better, gotten me through the grief of losing my wife to cancer and brought the sheer pleasure of writing back to me."   ~Jay S. 


"Thank you, Melissa, for the safe place that you provide for us to be ourselves - with all our ups and downs, joys and pains."   ~Joan E. 

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