Writers for Recovery to present free public reading in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat and Turning Point of Windham County will present “Sharing Our Stories: A Writers for Recovery Public Reading,” on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

This special reading will feature authors from Writers for Recovery, a Vermont network of free writing workshops for people recovering from addiction. Group members will read from works they created during a recent 10-week Writers for Recovery workshop at Turning Point of Windham County, which was underwritten by the Brattleboro Retreat.

The workshops were led by writers Gary Lee Miller and Kate Senecal. Writers for Recovery was founded in 2013 by Miller and filmmaker Bess O'Brien, whose award-winning film The Hungry Heart tells the story of prescription opiate addiction in Vermont.

“Story telling can be an extremely therapeutic experience, and it has been our honor to sponsor these writing workshops” Dr. Louis Josephson, president and CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat, said in a news release. “We're looking forward to a night of community building that will showcase a number of written works with the power not only to move those in recovery, but also their friends, families, and members of the wider community.”

The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families.

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