Writing Can Help
Writing Can Help is a subgroup of the Patriot Artist Guild of Fayetteville NC. The purpose of this group is to inspire artistic expression and creation and to encourage release, hope, help and healing through writing. The group includes but is not limited to military men and women, retirees, veterans, government civilians, battlefield contractors, first responders and their family members who have experienced or who are experiencing events resulting in mental (such as PTSD and TBI) or physical trauma and disabilities. The goal of this group is to encourage a peer environment in which participants can develop their artistic writing skills through instruction, review and feedback offered in an honest, positive and constructive (not destructive) manner. This will be done through workshops, discussions groups, critique groups, special projects and events. Remember, disabled does not mean unable. Please share this information with others.
In service to the group’s mission, the following ground rules have been established:
1) It’s all about the art.
The focus of the group will be on members’ art and encouraging the effectiveness of that art. Feedback, therefore, should be supportive and positive. Our art may be about or include subjects that affect us in some emotional, political, religious, or other social aspect. Our critiques should be objective and based on the art
2) The workshops, critiques and special events should not be a forum for political, religious, or social debates.
While artist often express political, religious, or social views in their art, the group courts an attitude of tolerance and, therefore, any attitude expressed—verbally or in a member’s art—should not be a basis for criticism. Feedback should be focused on the effectiveness of members’ art itself, not agreement or disagreement of the subject matter.
3) Group members should be courteous, respectful, and collegial.
Honest feedback offered will be offered in a spirit of respect and courtesy. Aggressive and/or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated, and the moderator reserves the right to censor and/or remove any member whose behavior or attitude is disruptive or lacks collegiality.
4) Group members should identify strengths and strategies by which the artist may improve the effectiveness of their art.
The group’s mission is to and encourage release, hope, help and healing (R triple H) through Artistic Expression and creation and to provide a positive environment. To this end, therefore, members should focus on how best their fellow members can improve the effectiveness of their art.